After the blood come the boys ... or maybe Lindsay Lohan, if Stephen King has any say. Because the monumental Master of Horror himself has chimed in on the unnecessary Carrie resurrection with a casting suggestion or two.
Just in time for prom season, we brought you tidings of the new MGM/Screen Gems remake of Brian De Palma's 1976 horror delicacy, Carrie, teetering bucket of pig's blood and all. Carrie holds a special place in King's twisted heart. It was his first novel and written during a time of poverty and Pop-Tarts.
The initial short story about Carietta White, a geeky teen with telekinetic powers, was supposedly plucked from the rubbish by his wife Tabitha after King ash-canned it. Doubleday published the book in 1974 after buying it for a pitiful $2,500, but it was the paperback rights selling for a coffin-load of dough—$400,000—that changed King's life forever. Thank you, New American Library!
Carrie is considered one of the best adaptations of a King novel and always tops lists of the scariest films of all time. The original De Palma adaptation brought Academy Award nominations for Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie and was well liked by King, who was never shy about his repulsion for Stanley Kubrick's obsessive tampering with The Shining.
Hired screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will follow one bad TV movie pilot and a laughably forgettable 1999 sequel, The Rage: Carrie 2, with his own, purer interpretation of the classic, hopefully something even closer to the psychological marrow of De Palma's rendition. A tough act to follow, for sure. Perhaps his work untangling the story for Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark and his respected graphic novel adaptation of King's The Stand will prepare him for the terrifying task.
In a recent chat with Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King tossed out his thoughts on the reboot news:
"I've heard rumblings about a Carrie remake, as I have about The Stand and It. ... Who knows if it will happen? The real question is why, when the original was so good? I mean, [it's] not Casablanca or anything, but a really good horror-suspense film, much better than the book. Piper Laurie really got her teeth into the bad-mom thing. Although Lindsay Lohan as Carrie White ... hmmm. It would certainly be fun to cast. I guess I could get behind it if they turned the project over to one of the Davids: Lynch or Cronenberg."
Yikes, Lohan's notorious instability certainly seems a satin fit for Carrie White, but can we nominate someone better?
What do you think? Is Carrie already too late for another prom, or ripe for another heavy paranormal petting session, dirty pillows and all?