Stephen King Comments On The Proposed Carrie Remake

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-05-20 14:45:31discussion comments
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When it comes to film adaptations of a writers work, few have as checkered a past as Stephen King. While the horror guru has had some of his books turned into masterpieces, many more of them are plain awful. One of the bigger controversies in the King's film history is his dislike of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, which is seen by many as one of the great horror movies of all time. But while the author may not agree with consensus on that particular project, he does have an appreciation for Brian De Palma's Carrie and is as mystified as anyone that it's going to be remade.

Following the report from last night that Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa has been hired to write the script for a Carrie remake, EW reached out to Stephen King for comment and just like many of you, he doesn't understand why they are bothering . First saying that he's heard the "rumblings" about the project, his biggest issue is that there's no point in the new version because "the original is so good," even going as far as to say that it's better than his own book. After reflecting back on the performance by Piper Laurie in De Palma's version, he did comment that a new film could be fun to cast and in the hands of the right director - he suggests "one of the Davids: Lynch or Cronenberg" - it could be successful.

Here's the problem, though: neither David Lynch or David Cronenberg are going to want anything to do with this rehash. At best the film is going to land somebody like Samuel Bayer or Marcus Nispel, who have proven with A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday The 13th that the horror classics should just be left alone.
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