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They're gonna laugh at you -- again!
Old school movie fans will remember Piper Laurie's mocking, infamous words to her teen telekinetic daughter Carrie from Brian De Palma's 1976 film. When it was released, De Palma's Carrie launched his film career along with Sissie Spacek. It was also the first movie to be adapted from a Stephen King book, coming two short years after his first novel was published. A dreadful sequel came to us in 1999 followed by a television remake in 2002, which stuck closer in its storyline to King's novel.
Now Screen Gems is moving ahead with the second remake of Carrie, with the studio hiring Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to write the screenplay. Five years ago Aguirre-Sacasa made a name for himself with a lauded stage play about Superman before getting asked to write for Marvel Comics. He's since turned that turn of fortune into a showbiz career. Recently he was hired to try and iron out the story problems with Broadway's troubled blockbuster Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Aguirre-Sacasa also just took a position on the writing staff for Glee and will begin penning episodes for Fox's musical-drama this fall.
So why another version of Carrie? Because of the youth demographic. How many people under the age of 25 have seen De Palma's Carrie? Yeah, I thought so. With its tale of teenage cruelty and psychic revenge, it's a natural to get remade every generation by Hollywood. Just think of the loads of young actresses that could play the poor victimized Carrie White, not to mention the part for 30-something teachers at Carrie's high school. This has got opening weekend of $15 million written all over it.
Now, please excuse me. I have a bucket of pig's blood to put together.