Broadway Spider-Man Re-Writer Tackles ‘Glee’ And ‘Carrie’ Remake

EXCLUSIVE: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the playwright and comic book writer who was brought on to rewrite and hopefully save Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, has booked several projects to follow. On the TV side, he’ll become a co-producer and writer of the hit series Glee. And I’m told that he’s just been set by MGM and Screen Gems to write a remake of Carrie, the Stephen King thriller about the telekinetic teenager who gets pushed too far at the prom and wreaks havoc on her fellow high school students. King’s bestselling book was turned into the 1976 film that starred Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Amy Irving and Piper Laurie as the repressive mother.

For Aguirre-Sacasa, these diverse projects are right in his wheelhouse. On Carrie, he will write a version that is more faithful to the King book than the earlier movie, much the same as Joel and Ethan Coen went back to the Charles Portis novel True Grit to present a version that didn’t really feel like a remake. Aguirre-Sacasa has a relationship with the author, after writing the graphic novel version of King’s The Stand, King’s seminal apocalyptic novel.

Aguirre-Sacasa was certainly an inspired choice to come aboard and try to fix the mess that was Spider-Man. He wrote the book to the Charles Strouse/Lee Adams musical It’s A Plane, It’s SUPERMAN! that was a hit at the Dallas Theatre Center, and he has also written Spider-Man comics for Marvel along with such titles as American Nightmares. The WME-repped scribe also wrote on the HBO series Big Love. We’ll know how well Aguirre-Sacasa did when Spider-Man opens on Broadway on June 14.

Comments (29)

  • Memo to Screen Gems:

    If Sacasa follows the plot/tone/details of King’s original novel, rather than the ’76 fright flick, this could potentially be an interesting remake/reboot that won’t compete/tarnish the legacy of DePalma’s classic movie – then again, “Carrie” was already remade as a TV movie a few years back, so maybe done to death, literally?

    But, Clint, pluuease don’t let Steve Antin direct! Oy.

    Comment by Dirty Pillows — Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 5:01pm PDT  
  • So, let me get this straight.

    The guy wrote a play that nobody liked, that was worked over.

    And now he’s “a success” in two other venues?

    What the hell are people smoking in Hollywood these days?

    Comment by The Man In The Ironic Mask — Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 5:33pm PDT  
    • No… you don’t have it straight. He did NOT write the original ‘play that nobody liked’, he was brought in to fix it after Taymor was let go.

      Comment by TJ — Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 8:58pm PDT  
    • I’m much more interested in what you’re smoking. How much, and where can I score?

      Comment by Adam — Friday May 20, 2011 @ 11:57am PDT  
      • Oh Adam!

        Thanks for the laugh, man. I needed it badly today.

        Comment by Mar — Friday May 20, 2011 @ 12:55pm PDT  
  • TRUE GRIT 2 didn’t feel like a remake — on what planet — watch them back to back and tell us that again.

    Comment by sbob — Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 5:41pm PDT  
    • Amen. Love the book, love the 1969 version, especially the ending. The only changes they made this time out was they cut the ’69 prologue that showed her father’s death and added an epilogue where Maddie is older. And this is reimagining?

      Comment by nickhronis — Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 8:11pm PDT  
      • Spoilers ya fuckin moron.

        Comment by Flash-T — Friday May 20, 2011 @ 10:04am PDT  
  • This is pretty great news! I saw the updated Spiderman musical a few nights ago. He transformed that book. It feels like a new show and now has an actual plot with real characters. Hats off to this guy!

    Comment by Brian NYC — Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 6:06pm PDT  
  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t Carrie already been remade? Does Hollywood ever do anything other than remakes or sequels anymore? Doesn’t anyone have an imagination?

    I don’t ask for storytelling to be reinvented. Just a semi-original idea for once.

    Comment by joe — Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 6:29pm PDT  
    • Guys… what I don’t think you are realizing is that CARRIE was a Broadway flop a few decades ago but many people were in love with the music even though it tanked. This guy is obviously going to be working on the revamp of the Broadway MUSICAL. NOT a new film version.

      Comment by Forrest Mallard — Saturday May 21, 2011 @ 8:07am PDT  
  • Yep it was already remade as a telefilm with angela bettis.

    Comment by angglo — Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 6:33pm PDT  
  • Slight clarification: That adaptation of The Stand for Marvel is being serialized in six five-issue chunks, each with its own subtitle. Thus, American Nightmares is actually “The Stand: American Nightmares.” As is with other volumes in the series, Captain Trips (vol. 1), Soul Survivors, (vol. 3), Hard Cases (vol. 4), and No Man’s Land (vol. 5), with one more five-issue volume, The Night Has Come, to, err, come.

    Another slight clarification, RA-S is waaay too young to have written the original book for It’s SUPERMAN! — His is a rewrite of the original book.

    Comment by Rob J. — Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 7:25pm PDT  
  • I was sort of excited for a brief that Aguirre-Sacasa would tackle Carrie the musical, the flop that Spiderman seemed to threaten in scale of infamy.

    Carrie is one of my favorite movies. There has been a sequel, a TV movie that could not possibly touch the majesty of the first. FYI, the musical was very faithful (right down to casting Carrie in her as her book description) to the book though impossible to happen on stage. Sometimes being faithful to the book does not necessarily mean a better movie. The Shining TV movie that King produced (he hated Kubrick’s revision of the story) was terrible. King even admitted that he liked some of the adaptations that actually changed stuff from his work, Frank Darabont’s The Mist as one recent example.

    That said, I will gladly take Aguirre-Sacasa to be an outside handler on Glee since it seems that writing room got too tweaked out and were more interested in being fan-service this season. Hey, he at least made the Spiderman book faithful to some material, the Sam Raimi movie, instead of Taymor’s vanity project (like creating characters that NEVER existed in the canon and destroying the canon). Good luck to him. I am assuming Ryan Murphy will be busy doing American Horror Story on FX for this to have been possible.

    Comment by CMG — Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 7:39pm PDT  
  • To answer Ironic Mask’s question, Aguirre-Sacasa was brought in to FIX the musical nobody liked. He’s the script doctor on the project.

    Comment by Jarvis — Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 7:41pm PDT  
  • It wasn’t a remake. Did you read the article? It says, as everyone knows, that it’s not a remake but a return to the source material. It is nothing like the first film because the first film departed from the novel quite a bit.

    Comment by Red Beard — Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 7:51pm PDT  
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