With all the Stephen King properties out there and especially all the half-hearted attempts at film adaptations of King stories, it's been deemed that the Brian De Palma directed Carrie is the one that needs a remake. Once again people behind the scenes raise a flag saying "I know not what I am doing".
Yes, I'll grant you the film was made in 1976 and starred names you'd not really heard of like Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, Piper Laurie, John Travolta, with some director called De Palma, but it wasn't a bad film was it?
Dripping with sarcasm, that last paragraph just highlights some of the reasons why it doesn't need a remake, not to say that it was a damn good film and one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date.
Sure there's The Mist (Filmstalker review), The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Misery, Stand By Me, The Shining, Salem's Lot, The Dead Zone, and some would argue Christine, Firestarter, Cujo and Pet Sematary, but looking at that list Carrie is up the list, and I haven't reeled off all the mediocre or bad films that have come from adaptations of his books.
All in all one hundred and thirty of his stories have been adapted for television and film in some way, now suddenly that list above seems much less impressive than in the previous paragraph.
So why target one of the better ones to remake? Carrie is a classic, and not just with Stephen King fans but with horror fans, and I wonder if this is going to turn out as other remakes of classic horrors have - fired into 3D, making a decent profit for being a weekend film without a lot of competition, and quickly forgotten about. I suspect so.
Of course it's not the only King adaptation currently in the remake circuit, well among the ones we know about, there are new Firestarter, Pet Sematary, The Stand and It projects in the works, but Carrie?
The news from Deadline is that the writer who has been hired to rewrite the musical Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark has also signed on to work on Glee (please stop the over engineering of songs and the ever so fake miming) but more importantly that MGM and Screen Gems have hired him to rewrite Carrie.
Okay, so he's writing a musical and will be writing a musical television series...what's he doing on the remake of a classic horror film? Not turning it into a musical are they? Well I wouldn't put it past them.
No, it isn't that way. The writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa already wrote the graphic novel version of The Stand and is set to adapt Carrie once again from the Stephen King original novel, making it more like the original text, although saying that I didn't think the film was hugely different.
Apparently this will be done in True Grit style, re-adapting the novel rather than remaking the film. Well that's fair enough but I really need to revisit the original and understand just how different the film was, from memory I didn't think it was a huge leap. Am I just looking back on it too fondly? Is there really room for a new version adapted from the novel?