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Prom time again: 'Carrie' remake moving ahead

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Hollywood can never leave a classic film alone, and next on the remake list is Brian De Palma's 1976 horror flick, "Carrie," based on Stephen King's debut novel. is reporting that Kimberly Peirce, acclaimed for her 1999 direction of "Boys Don't Cry," may direct the new version. The site notes that the new script, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is reportedly more faithful to King's novel. Aguirre-Sacasa also adapted King's "The Stand" into graphic-novel form.

Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie were nominated for Oscars for their roles as Carrie and Carrie's abusive mother Margaret.

When the remake was first announced last year, Stephen King mentioned to Entertainment Weekly that Lindsay Lohan might be a fun choice to play Carrie. "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld, who at 15 would be a more appropriate age for the role, has also been mentioned.

"Carrie" has actually already been remade. A TV movie in 2002 started off being more faithful to the book, then went off the rails at the end with an ending where Carrie lives, and vows to help others with telekinesis. (This was apparently done so they could attempt a "Carrie" TV series, but thankfully, that never happened.)

There was also a 1999 big-screen sequel featuring a half-sister of Carrie. "The Rage: Carrie 2" was a box-office bomb. (And it really should have been called "Rachel," since the main character wasn't named Carrie, but we quibble.)

A "Carrie" musical infamously closed after just five performances in 1988. Songs included "Out For Blood," "The Destruction," and "Ain't It a Bitch?"

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