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A ‘Carrie’ Remake is Happening…

…whether we like it or not.

Brian DePalma's Carrie is a bona fide classic, really. The adaptation of Stephen King's first novel is a harrowing tale of a young girl with an abusive mother and telekinetic powers, and hauntingly depicts the cruelty that teenagers inflict upon each other and the psychological consequences of that level of torture on a meek individual with greater potential than most to change the world. It put Brian DePalma on the map. It's also dated as hell, particularly the terminally 1970's prom montage.

But you know what? That's okay. It's a film set in a certain period and beautifully evokes that era. And yet we're getting a remake anyway courtesy of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, comic book writer and the playwright responsible for last minute rewrites on the troubled musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa did a particularly admirable job on his series Marvel Knights 4, which was a particularly down to earth portrayal of The Fantastic Four. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also has the advantage of an existing relationship with Stephen King, having adapted his classic novel The Stand into the comic book medium from 2008-2009.

According to Deadline, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is expected to focus primarily on adapting the original novel to Carrie as opposed to DePalma's still beloved original film version. Given his Broadway background I guess we should be lucky he's not adapting the ill-fated musical of the horror classic instead. Carrie of course has been remade before, badly, in 2002 with a Made-for-Television film starring Angela Bettis (May) and Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April). 

Good luck, Roberto. You're going to need it.

Crave Online will be back with more Carrie news once Nancy Allen gets back with the pig's blood.