Kimberly Peirce, who previously directed the Academy Award-winning Boys Don’t Cry, is being courted by MGM/Screen Gems to helm its remake of Carrie. Based on the Stephen King thriller about a teenage girl who uses her telekinetic powers to punish those who mocked her during prom, the original starred Sissy Spacek and was directed by Brian De Palma. It was a performance that earned the actress her first Oscar nomination for lead actress.
The script has been written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a scribe whose rewrite helped salvage Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. For his adaptation of King’s best-selling thriller, Aguirre-Sacasa set out to write a more faithful version of the original novel, something more grounded than De Palma’s red-tinted original.
For Pierce, this will be her first directorial effort since 2008’s Stop Loss starring Channing Tatum, Ryan Philippe, Abbie Cornish, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Tags: Carrie, Screen Gems, Stephen King