Get all your “What happened to new ideas!?” snark ready, because we’ve got news about another remake: “Carrie.” But with the director of “Boys Don’t Cry” and the breakout star of “Kick-Ass” onboard, the film could actually turn out to be pretty awesome when it sees release on March 15 of next year.
Coming Soon were the first to break the news that the Kimberly Peirce directed film will be hitting next spring. While the reception of the director’s 2008 film “Stop-Loss” was somewhat lukewarm, Peirce has previously handled intense subject matter about a tormented young woman with “Boys Don’t Cry” in 1999, making her an appropriate fit for this new version of “Carrie.” The lead role in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s legendary novel will be played by Chloe Grace Moretz, who has appeared in “Let Me In,” “Hugo” and as Hit-Girl in “Kick-Ass,” so she knows a little something about being a young girl who inflicts terrible violence on people.
King’s 1974 novel “Carrie” has already been adapted to both stage and screen numerous times, with appearances both on and off Broadway, and most notably, Brian De Palma’s 1976 version of the film. That adaptation earned Academy Award nominations for both Sissy Spacek, who played the lead, as well as Piper Laurie, who portrayed Carrie’s crazed fundamentalist mother. Currently, casting is still underway for the mother in the new film, though both Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore’s names have been bandied about.
Taking care of scripting duties on the project is Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who like the rest of the film’s team, has a varied resume that strongly recommends him for the gig. It’s his first job writing a feature film, but he has previously adapted King’s work for the comic book version of “The Stand,” dealt with teenager issues on “Glee” and wrangled sheer insanity and craziness with the script for the Broadway show “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.”