May 19, 2011 5:34pm PT by Borys Kit
MGM, Screen Gems Team for 'Carrie' Remake
Stephen King’s Carrie is once again heading to the screen.
MGM and Screen Gems are partnering up for the new take on the Stephen King book and have hired Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to pen the new script.
The book, which was King’s first published work, centered on Carrie, a sheltered and shy high schooler who develops telekinetic powers and unleashes them when pushed too far during her prom.
The book was famously adapted into a 1976 Brian DePalma movie starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and John Travolta. There was also a stage musical, a forgettable 1999 sequel (called Carrie 2: The Rage) and a 2002 TV movie.
MGM and Screen Gems clearly think the time right for a retelling.
Aguirre-Sacasa is a playwright who also writes comics for Marvel, perhaps notably the company’s meticulous adaptations of King’s epic The Stand. In mid-February, he was brought on board to fix the book of the troubled Spider-Man musical.