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Stephen King's 'Carrie' set for remake

Studios bring on writer to work on the horror classic

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Film studios MGM and Screen Gems have hired Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the playwright and comic book writer, to adapt Stephen King's Carrie for the big screen once more.

Deadline.com reports that the writer will take on the project after he tries to rescue the flop musical Spiderman:Turn off the Dark in light of it's critical mauling. He will also turn his hand to hit musical TV show Glee, as writer and co-producer.

The remake is mooted to stick closer to the original source material than that of Brian DePalma's 1976 classic and will be the second time Aguirre Sacasa has adapted King's work, after turning The Stand into a graphic novel.

The original Carrie starred Sissy Spacek as the titular schoolgirl who, after being ruthlessly bullied by her overly religious mother and mean-spirited classmates, discovers she has telekinetic powers which she uses to wreak revenge.

With development still in its early stages there has been no confirmation on casting or director.

A poorly-received sequel to the original adaptation, The Rage: Carrie 2, landed 23 years after the original, in 1999.

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