SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK Writer to Pen CARRIE Remake, Joins Writing Staff of GLEE

     May 19, 2011

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Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a playwright/screenwriter/comic-book writer, has been tapped to write a remake of 1976’s Carrie and has joined Fox’s musical series Glee as a writer and co-producer. Aguirre-Sacasa was most recently brought in to do script work on the plagued Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The retooled version of Spider-Man must be pretty damn great (At this point, if they can go one night without having people fall out of the sky, it’ll be deemed a vast improvement), because Aguirre-Sacasa has secured himself two fairly high-profile gigs. Until now, the writing staff of Glee has only been comprised of the three creators of the show, taking turns writing successive episodes for the past two seasons.

Deadline reports that MGM and Screen Gems’ remake of Carrie will be closer to Stephen King’s source material than the 1976 film, à la the Coen brothers’ remake of True Grit. Furthermore, Aguirre-Sacasa previously adapted King’s The Stand into a comic-book, so he’s got a bit of a feel for King’s stuff. He’s also got some experience in TV, as he was writer on HBO’s Big Love. Maybe some new blood on the Glee writing staff will pull the show out of the creative hell it’s been in all season. Or at least finally bring some much needed earnestness to the show. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Stephen King’s Carrie.

Here’s the synopsis for Carrie:

An unpopular teenage girl whose mother is a religious fanatic is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates and uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge [Barnes & Noble].

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