Sissy Spacek is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by the Kessler brothers and Zelman, the untitled series centers on a close-knit family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home. Spacek will play the siblings’ mother.
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.
Cannes: Ealing Metro/Prescience To Finance ‘Very Good Girls’ With Dakota Fanning And Elizabeth Olsen
Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Peter Sarsgaard, Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek will star in Very Good Girls, a film that will be financed by Ealing Metro International and Prescience. They will shop the film here at Cannes. The film will be directed by Naomi Foner, who wrote the script. The film follows two teenage girls through a summer spent in New York City. After they graduate high school, each becomes determined to lose her virginity, and things get complicated when they fall for the same charismatic street artist.
The girls will be played by Fanning, who’s been working on the conclusion of the Twilight Saga films, and Olsen, who made a splash at Sundance as the star of Martha Marcy May Marlene. Gale Anne Hurd and Hawk Koch produce, and production starts in September. CAA put together the funding and is repping North American rights with Ealing Metro.