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 »

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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 »

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