If it's crap ... We'll tell you
In 1976, an awkward high school girl got doused with a bucket of pig blood thus setting into motion the epic climax of Brian De Palma's classic horror film 'Carrie.' And given that 'Carrie,' based on the novel by Stephen King, is such a classic, it is now of course being remade. MGM and Screen Gems is ready to roll on their modernized version of the film and are in the hunt for a director. It seems that their top prospect at the moment is 'Boys Don't Cry' helmer Kimberly Peirce. Peirce would be directing a script by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who not only serves as producer on 'Glee,' but is also largely credited with the rewrite on Broadway's 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' that supposedly kept the show from being a complete failure. The new script is said to be more grounded and actually more faithful to the original King novel. Peirce is currently in talks, but a formal deal has not been made.
At this point, it's futile to complain about horror movie remakes. They are becoming as inevitable as death, taxes, and reality TV celebrating the absolute worst humanity has to offer. I will say however that if they were going to remake 'Carrie' anyway, in other words if there was absolutely nothing we could do to stop it, I like this team. There have been a handful of female horror directors, but it is still far from the norm and I love the idea of a woman directing this story. Peirce has already proven her ability to direct scripts centering on women facing strife and deplorable persecution so it doesn't seem like a huge jump for her to bring us the dark tale of a telekinetic outcast pushed too far. I also like the idea of the screenwriter actively taking steps to make the script more faithful to King's work. However, my one big concern is that, despite the patting on the back he gets for "saving" the Spider-Man musical, it's still a far cry from a feather in his cap. I suppose time will tell on this project, but I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not yet filled with dread.