BOOKS ABOUT TO BECOME MOVIES
CARRIE by Stephen King
Status: Set for release on March 2013
Who's involved: Chloe Moretz takes on the title role, with Julianne Moore playing the teenaged girl’s manipulative mother. Kimberly Peirce directs, still trying to make good on the promise shown in 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry.
Why you should read the book first: At this point, any mention of Carrie conjures images if Sissy Spacek drenched in pig’s blood from Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of King’s earliest work. But if potential viewers truly want to understand the hardships suffered by King’s impressionable protagonist, they need to revisit the novel that started the author’s remarkably prolific writing career. Though King has downplayed the book in various interviews (it was his fourth book, but his first published novel), the structure is out of the ordinary and worth celebrating. King actually uses newspaper stories and “official” documents to piece together what he calls the “Black Prom” incident, where a girl with telekinetic powers exacted revenge on the classmates how bullied her. Carrie isn’t King’s best book. But it’s better than De Palma’s campy horror, and a chilling preview to what Peirce, Moretz and Moore should be able to accomplish with this anticipated reboot.