Today's Hot Horror Teaser: A City Burns in the Carrie Remake
10.17.12 by Ryan
36 years later, you still don't make fun of Carrie.
Brian De Palma's 1976 adaptation of Carrie is widely regarded as one of the classics of the horror genre, which begs the question of why anyone would want to remake it, which already happened once in a 2002 TV movie, or make a sequel out of it, which sadly happened in 1999's The Rage: Carrie 2. Next year, a second Carrie remake will open in theaters, but, as titular star Chloe Grace Moretz (Dark Shadows, Kick-Ass) revealed in April, this remake will be "very different" from the original. While it will still be ostensibly based on Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, the remake has been updated to modern times and, according to Moretz, will be a "darker" version that will focus more on the relationship between Carrie and her mother (Julianne Moore). From the looks of the fiery teaser trailer, however, it looks like the spine of the story will remain unchanged, with Carrie being pushed too far yet again and taking revenge on her suburban Maine town with her telekinetic powers.
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Carrie recently enjoyed a preview during a panel at the New York Comic-Con, where the subject of the original movie was immediately raised. Director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) responded by again revealing how the remake will be different from the original.
I'm a huge fan of [De Palma's] movie, but I didn't take anything from his movie. Really, for me, it was reading Stephen King's absolutely fantastic novel, falling madly in love with his depiction of Carrie — Carrie's plight, Carrie's mother, all the other people in the story — and thinking: "My God, this is such a fantastic story, I need to bring this to life and I need to bring it to life in a modern way as it would be done now just because it's so much fun and so great."
For De Palma's part, it looks like the director is rooting for Peirce, recently telling Fangoria that he's "excited" about the remake.
I know Kimberly Pierce, I’ve known her for twelve years. I met her in Paris when she was on a press junket for Boys Don't Cry. We spent some time in New York together, we used to go to the theatre together. She’s a bright, talented person. I tried to encourage her to make a movie very quickly after the success of Boys and it took her years to find right material... but anyway, she contacted me when she decided to do Carrie. We discussed the right way to approach it, who she was going to cast and we had a few discussions about it and basically I gave her my blessing. She’s a very talented girl and I’m really excited to see what she does. It will be more like the book, I think, which is Sue Snell’s testimony which puts Carrie in kind of brackets...
Adapted by playwright and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the Carrie remake co-stars Judy Greer (The Descendants) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers). For those hardcore Carrie fans, check out the entire panel discussion below.