‘Carrie’ Remake Bumped Back to October

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Sony has pushed back the release of Carrie. It is the second updating of a classic (don’t call it a remake!) the studio has delayed recently, following José Padilha’s RoboCop moving from an August to February 2014 launch.

Carrie is now scheduled to open on October 18th, some seventh months later than its previous March 15th date. The Stephen King adaptation has been replaced by the gestating thriller The Call (formerly, The Hive) and is now facing off against Luc Besson’s Malavita and Warner Bros.’ Seventh Son adaptation – with Paranormal Activity 5 arriving a week later, also hoping to court moviegoers in the mood for a scare during the Halloween season.

Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss) is directing a script penned by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a writer and co-producer whose credits include Big Love and Glee; he’s currently working on the Little Shop of Horrors remake with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The project features Chloë Grace Moretz as the teenager who discovers she possesses telekinetic abilities – and eventually snaps, after enduring torment from her peers and overbearing religious mother (Julianne Moore).

Peirce and Moretz are distancing themselves from the remake stigma, referring to Carrie as a modernization and calling attention to the relationship betwen Carrie and her mother, rather than similarities to Brian De Palma’s 1976 film or the 2002 made-for-TV adaptation written by Bryan Fuller. Moretz in particular has referred to the film as a psycho-drama, which explores the inner-workings of its troubled protagonist in the aftermath of her infamous killing spree (think We Need to Talk About Kevin meets Black Swan and you’ve got the gist).

[NOTE: The poster below references the original March release date.]


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Carrie, in other words, taps into the contemporary zeitgeist of school bullying and massacres in an attempt to recreate the shock-factor of King’s source material and De Palma’s adaptation. That’s a wise move, considering the story’s prom slaughter sequence is so engrained in the public’s conscious (as some of our readers pointed out, following the teaser trailer). Similarly, the supernatural horror genre angle allows it to overcome criticisms about exploitation; that’s something Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk picked up on, while putting together the Murder House storyline for season one of American Horror Story.

However, given how everything from select costumes and the general plot falls closely to previous versions (De Palma’s especially), there’s reason to wonder: is the new Carrie going to feel out-dated – with its warnings about fire-and-brimstone religious beliefs and teen outsiders – by taking place in a time when social media exists and 21st century attitudes about parenting prevail? Unfortunately, the poor track record of horror re-tellings doesn’t work in its favor…

Let us know your thoughts about Carrie in the comments section below.


Source: Sony Pictures

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  1. Like to watch this

  2. I really wanna see this. I’m a huge fan of Chloe moretz and I think she’ll do great in this. They obviously want the Halloween sales placing it in October but it’ll have more competition from PA5 which we all know is gonna bank no Matter what.

  3. I’ve gone from 100% against this to slightly curious so I’ll be watching…
    Also, IMO and for obvious reasons it’s always smart to premire a horror film in the fall.

    • I agree, I was like nooooooo what are you thinking?! Then I saw the trailer and was like hmmm ok, I also have high hopes for Evil Dead which I was also totally against, crazy, I may actually get scared shitless this year!

  4. This makes me royally angry. I find that pushing the film back will only harm them with all of the other horror films that get released in October–to my knowledge, there isn’t any other huge horror films being released in March so Carrie would prove to attract horror fans given their options for movies. Although, I guess I can still look forward to The Evil Dead showing in April.

  5. Does this have to do with Connecticut Shootings perhaps?

  6. I have faith in this remake/adaptation. Why? Cause of Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, and the director Kimberly Peirce. Moretz is an amazing young actress, my favorite young actress. She’s proved she’s a real talent in Kick-Ass, Let Me In, and Hugo(she’s also awesome in 500 Days of Summer). And we all know Moore is great. And this seems like a great choice for the director.

  7. Good move. It will do better in October.

  8. I think it’ll probably do better in October too. I hope it’ll be worth the wait.

  9. Good, leave it for the fall and start off with original films

  10. Arm herself because no one else there will save her
    The odds will betray her
    And I will replace her
    She can’t deny the prize, it may never fulfill her
    It longs to kill her
    Is she ready to die?

    The coldest blood runs through her veins
    You will know her name

  11. This displeases me.