Carrie Screenwriter Hired For Rupert Wyatt's Adaptation Of Thriller Night Film

By Nick Venable 2013-09-27 23:10:53discussion comments
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It has been many months since we last heard about Chermin Entertainmentís planned adaptation of Marisha Pesslís thriller novel Night Film, and I was starting to worry that nothing was happening with it. Deadline has buoyed my spirits by reporting a screenwriter has been hired for the project, and itís Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, whose first feature credit will come next month when Kimberly Pierceís remake of Carrie hits theaters. I really, really want to hope that script comes out as more than just a haphazard carbon copy of Brian De Palmaís original film. Iím telekinetically crossing all of your fingers.

Night Film is set to be directed by Rupert Wyatt, who pleased audiences with the Brian Cox-led crime drama The Escapist, and the surprisingly awesome ďJames Franco plays with monkeysĒ thriller Rise of the Planet of the Apes. For both of those films, he worked with screenwriters who only had one or two films produced, and turned both of those scripts into something memorable. It stands to reason heís a good fit for any screenwriter, so the scary ball is in Aguirre-Sacasaís horror court, or something.

Night Film, which was just published on August 20 by Random House, centers on an investigative journalist named Scott McGrath who probes into the suicide of a young woman because he thinks someone else was at fault for her death. It turns out her father is a reclusive horror filmmaker who hasnít been seen in thirty years, and that somehow leads McGrath to think that the daughterís murder was in revenge. I havenít read it yet, though I cannot wait, as Pesslís debut was 2006ís masterpiece Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

I don't dare have doubt in Aguirre-Sacasa, who already has one of the more interesting resumes out there, moving onto Carrie after writing episodes of Glee and Big Love. Heís also penned the Ryan Murphy-produced remake of The Town That Dreaded Sunshine from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Heís also writing the potential Archie feature based on the comics. His work doesnít just end in film and TV though, as he was one of the writers who turned the musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark from a huge punchline to a more successful punchline. He also wrote the book for the Broadway transfer of Steven Soderberghís Magic Mike. It seems like all thatís left for him to do is release a popular, high-selling album, and the EGOT is surely his.

Itíll probably be a while before this one hits the production stage, so in the meantime, go check out Carrie on October 18 and tell me how it is, since Iíll probably be at home not watching it. Hereís the preview.

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