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They’re Remaking Carrie Again And It Might Actually Be Good!

All this has happened before...

We love the original Carrie from 1976. Even though it strayed a bit away from Stephen King’s classic novel there’s uncomfortable menstruation scenes, uncomfortable prom scenes and comfortable dirty pillows to be had. Well it seems Hollywood is ready to take yet another crack at it but this time they’ve done something very interesting. They want Kimberly Peirce, the director of Boys Don’t Cry, for the job. Alright, you’ve got my attention. 

The original film was written by Lawrence D. Cohen and directed by Brian De Palma, and starred Sissy Spacek as Carrie but the novel has been used several other times since then. There was the 1988 Broadway musical starring Betty Buckley which closed after only five performances (gee, we can’t imagine why), a sequel in 1999 called The Rage: Carrie 2 with Emily Bergl and a made-for-television movie remake starring Angela Bettis in 2002 that was supposedly meant to act as a pilot for a series. That series never came to fruition and although most of the film was closer to King’s novel they completely changed the ending for the sake of the proposed TV show.

Peirce is now in talks with MGN/Screen Gems to direct another remake. The screenplay of which has already been written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the comic book writer hired to rework the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark broadway musical. Deadline says it “is more faithful to the King book, and more grounded than the Brian De Palma-directed film.”

Peirce is best known for her critically-acclaimed 1999 movie, Boys Don’t Cry, where Hilary Swank played a transgendered teen who was outed as such during the film. Swank won an Academy Award for the role. Since then, Peirce has only directed an episode of The L Word and the film Stop-Loss. No word yet on who would play the title role in this Carrie remake. Who do you think would make a good choice?

(via Screen Rant)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."