The Carrie remake that made King ask why almost has its director

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Dec 16, 2012

That recently announced remake of Carrie is inching closer to reality, as the studio is almost ready to hire a director.

MGM/Screen Gems, the brains behind this idea, are said by Deadline to be "in talks" with filmmaker Kimberly Peirce to get behind the camera for this new big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's first published novel.

Peirce is no stranger to stories about unusual females being tormented by other young people around her, having directed Hilary Swank to a Best Actress Oscar in 2000's Boys Don't Cry. Whether she can apply those skills to the tale of a shy, picked-on high schooler who uses her telekinetic powers to wreak vengeance on her entire town is yet to be determined.

Peirce also faces an uphill battle in that her film will be compared to Brian De Palma's classic 1976 version, which earned Oscar nods for both Sissy Spacek as Carrie and Piper Laurie as her deranged mother and is generally considered one of the best King adaptations ever made. It was followed by a 1988 Broadway musical version that was a bomb of apocalyptic proportions, a crappy 1999 theatrical sequel called The Rage: Carrie 2 and an even crappier 2002 TV movie.

The script for the new Carrie, said to be "more faithful" to the novel, has been written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who has worked as a producer on Glee (more high-school hijinks) and also written the acclaimed comic book adaptation of King's The Stand.

And then there's King himself, who has questioned the need for a remake when the 1976 version was perfectly fine. He has said he'd like to see David Lynch or David Cronenberg direct it ... but then again, he also thinks Lindsay Lohan might make a good Carrie.

No casting for the new version has been revealed yet, but let's hope that Peirce, if she accepts the job, does not take King's advice on that.