There have been two big-screen versions of Little Shop of Horrors, which was originally a farce directed by Roger Corman. The comedy story of geeky floral assistant and a plant that feeds on humans has roots in a story from the ’30s, but the Corman film version became surprisingly iconic, spawning a stage musical, a 1986 musical remake from Frank Oz and Warner Bros., and an animated series.
Now Warner Bros. is setting up a possible new version. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who has written for Marvel comics and the stage, and just penned the Carrie remake that Kimberly Peirce is making with Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore starring, is in talks to write. More interesting is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is producing, and would like to star. Read More »
Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) is putting together a new film based on Stephen King‘s debut novel Carrie. Brian De Palma’s movie starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta remains one of De Palma’s most entertaining films, packed as it is with over-the-top characterization and De Palma’s trademark love of split-screen imagery. So my first reaction to hearing about another new Carrie (this isn’t the first remake of the story) is ‘why?’ But having a female director is one way to make this seem like a worthwhile endeavor.
Now we’ve got the first indications of potential casting, as info has emerged about two possible choices to play the adolescent telekinetic Carrie White: 15-year-old Chloë Moretz (Kick-Ass, Dark Shadows) and 24-year-old Haley Bennett (Terrence Malick’s film formerly called Lawless).
Update: Deadline says that Moretz has been offered the role, and that after testing last weekend, she more or less got the job immediately.
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Kimberly Peirce has been hired to direct a remake Stephen King‘s Carrie. Peirce made her name with the 1999 indie film Boys Don’t Cry which featured an Oscar-winning performance from Hilary Swank. Peirce was voted one of Hollywood’s upcoming best new talents, but the filmmaker has yet to deliver a worthy follow-up, helming the 2008 war film Stop-Loss and an episode of The L Word.
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One of my big hopes for True Grit was that the Coen Brothers might have found a genuine new talent in Hailee Steinfeld, who made her feature debut playing the young heroine Mattie Ross. Indeed, she gave a tremendous performance in the film, scoring an Oscar nomination and building a fanbase very interested in seeing her next move.
But that next move can be very difficult to chart, especially for someone relatively new to the business. Working for a talented newcomer (how about Cary Fukunaga’s Civil War heist movie?) or another established master (I hear Paul Thomas Anderson has a new film) would be ideal. Anything else could look like a backward step after True Grit. So what to do? Hopefully not star in the possible remake of Carrie. But that is exactly what a new report suggests could happen. Read More »
The pig blood is bound to fly again as MGM and Screen Gems just announced that they’re going to team up and remake Stephen King‘s Carrie. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a playwright who was recently brought onto the troubled Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, will pen the new script based on King’s first published work. It was previously turned into a classic 1976 film by Brian De Palma that starred Sissy Spacek as a shy and bullied teenager who develops psychic powers and uses them to get revenge on her tormenters. Spacek and co-star Piper Laurie both got Oscar nominations for the film.
Aguirre-Sacasa is not just a playwright, however. He also writes comics for Marvel including their graphic representation of Stephen King’s The Stand, so he’s certainly familiar with King’s work. There’s more after the break. Read More »
After the critical bashing endured by the yet-to-open $65 million musical Spider-Man: Turn of the Dark, the changes began happening quickly. According to the New York Times Broadway vet Paul Bogaev has just been hired to “help improve the performance, vocal and orchestration arrangements,” Bono and the Edge are currently writing new music and producers are talking to, but have not yet hired, veteran Spider-Man writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to re-work some of the book (Broadway speak for “script”). However, contrary to reports, the production has not hired a new director. And don’t forget all of this is going down just three weeks before the show’s fifth scheduled opening on March 15.
Also, in almost the biggest slap in the face yet, humorist and playwright Justin Moran has launched the Spider-Man Smackdown, an initiative to write, choreograph, compose and perform a Spider-Man musical for nothing and open it a day before Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. Read details about all of this after the break. Read More »
The Julie Taymor show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is the most expensive Broadway production of all time, and one of the most troubled. It has been delayed multiple times, beset by injuries and subsequent investigations and union issues, and met with a scathing critical response. And yet, because reason rarely triumphs over curiosity, tickets are selling like crazy. The official opening date has been pushed back to March 15, and now in the three weeks before that date producers have reportedly hired Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to rewrite the book originally created by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger. Read More »