No author’s work is more popular among Hollywood’s magic makers than that of Stephen King, and director Kimberly Pierce’s (Boys Don’t Cry) latest project is no exception. Carrie is expected to be released March 15, 2013. As with every single King based movie in existence, already one cast member (Chloe Moretz) has gone on record as stating the remake will be “kind of” following the novel more so than the 1976 film. Of course, that means the MGM remake will be keeping as true to the book published over 30 years ago as possible, while also modernizing the story.
Carrie is the story of a teenage girl just entering puberty, which brings along with it serious telekinetic powers, which is bad for her hyper-religious mother and the classmates that torment her.
Sometimes I consider myself a masochist for writing so often about the evil “r” word, and I wholly expected that another remake of another movie that ruined another story by my beloved Stephen King would really get my blood boiling, but..I find myself excited by this project.
According to MGM CEO Roger Birnbaum, Carrie will employ at least some found footage. Protest all you like, but I’m jazzed by this announcement. I know Apollo 18 ruined what little joy there was to be taken from found footage movies, but I think in the case of Carrie it will be well utilized. The novel, after all, uses official documents, transcripts, and “eyewitness accounts” to tell its tale—a writing style known as epistolary.
Thus far, Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass) has been cast in the lead role as Carrie White, and Julianne Moore has been formally offered the role of Margaret White (Carrie’s borderline insane mother). Moretz has claimed to be undergoing serious personal and physical transformations in order to accurately portray the introverted Carrie, which could mean a refreshingly honest jump from the previous nearly-anorexic actresses who have played the role.
Remake or not, I look forward to seeing Carrie on the big screen, found footage and all. I hope I’m still a member of the SK fan club for saying so. Who’s with me?