And the Stephen King news keeps coming. On the heels of yesterday's report regarding Epix's upcoming limited series adaptation of Jerusalem's Lot (not to be confused with Salem's Lot) comes word of another limited engagement: A new series adaptation of Carrie, based on King's first novel. Collider's Jeff Sneider, who has a pretty good track record, broke the news of the latest King adaptation, which MGM is reportedly developing with FX following the pair's previous partnership on the critically-acclaimed Fargo. There's no script as of yet, but the report claims FX has a very intriguing new angle for King's iconic story of an outcast high school teen raised by a religious zealot mother and bullied by her peers: The network is reportedly looking to cast a young woman of color or a young transgender woman to play the title role, which would certainly enrich and modernize the material.
Additional details – including creator(s), writer(s), et al. – are unknown at this time, but a new adaptation of the fairly timeless story is a potentially exciting prospect, especially if the as-yet-named creator(s) are given more creative control than, say, Kimberly Peirce. The filmmaker's 2013 remake starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore was a total disappointment, and it wasn't surprising to learn shortly after its release that there were extensive rewrites and some 40 minutes of footage had been cut. Carrie was first adapted into the classic 1976 film directed by Brian De Palma and starring a young Sissy Spacek. In 2002, a largely forgotten made-for-TV version premiered on NBC, written by Bryan Fuller (who would go on to create Hannibal) and starring Angela Bettis. There's also the 1999 film sequel The Rage: Carrie 2, directed by Katt Shea of Poison Ivy fame. All of which is to say that we're about due for another good adaptation of Carrie, particularly one with new ideas.