Carrie Remake Close To Appointing Director

Boys Don’t Cry helmer Kimberly Peirce in talks to oversee new version of the Stephen King classic

Screen Gems is in negotiations with Boys Don’t Cry and Stop-Loss director Kimberly Peirce to direct a new version of Stephen King’s first (published*) novel, 1974’s Carrie, according to Deadline.

The book was also, of course, the first King novel ever to be made into a movie (starting a tradition). Brian De Palma directed the 1976 version, starring Sissy Spacek, which is now regarded as a classic. There was also a forgettable TV version in 2002 (which was surprisingly lifeless despite being scripted by the usually dependable Bryan Fuller) and an equally forgettable film sequel, The Rage: Carrie 2, in 1999.

Deadline goes on to say that the new script has been written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, (the man brought in to save Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark) and is apparently more faithful to the King book and more “grounded” than the De Palma version. Does that mean more teen angst and less pig’s blood?

(* According to various sources he wrote both Rage and Blaze prior to Carrie but they were published afterwards)