MGM and Screen Gems Planning ‘Carrie’ Remake

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 9:48 pm,

Get ready world, Carrie is coming back (and I’m not talking about Sarah Jessica Parker in another Sex and the City movie). According to a new report, MGM and Screen Gems are teaming up to remake the iconic horror film.

The original Carrie - Brian DePalma’s 1976 film about a timid and tortured girl who uses her telekinetic powers to punish her many bullies – is widely considered a classic of the horror genre and one of the best film adaptations of a Stephen King novel. The film garnered two Academy Award nominations, with Sissy Spacek getting a nod for Best Actress in a Leading Role as the title character, and Piper Laurie earning a Best Actress in a Supporting Role nomination for playing Carrie’s psychotic and fanatical mother.

With so many horror remakes hitting theaters in recent years, It’s not surprising to learn that Carrie is getting a second look. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the film has already been butchered twice before with a ridiculous 1999 sequel and a 2002 made-for-TV version. Still, just because you know you’re going to get punched in the gut doesn’t make it feel any better when it happens.

One reason that Carrie stands the test of time is because it’s not a horror movie in the traditional sense. Carrie doesn’t scare you, but it does something far more interesting – it gets under your skin. Carrie, as played by Spacek, is a poor and damaged girl, sheltered to the point of being unfamiliar with her own body.

As you watch her face torment and abuse from all sides, you feel pity, disgust, and even anger at her plight. Then, in the final part of the movie, when Carrie taps into her psychic powers and lays waste to everyone who hurt her, you feel…happiness? Satisfaction? Ashamed?

Carrie is a movie that leaves its audience conflicted, and that’s part of its appeal. Will a remake achieve that same success? Doubtful. What’s far more likely is that the movie will be stripped of its essential core and churned out as slickly as possible, with the hopes of stealing a weekend at the box office.

This film is in the early stages so anything is possible, but early impression is that this is a bad idea.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  2. Carrie scared me, toward the end anyway. The tv movie wasn’t too horrible, but hey I’m always up for a new horror movie.

  3. Another one???? Why????

  4. Horror movie sequels are always a bad Idea, so yeah…that doesn’t surprise me that this is going to be widely viewed as a bad idea

  5. I just realised that I said sequels instead of remakes…but I guess sequels are just as bad too

  6. come ON.

    I’m not a huge fan of Kings work but this movie was pretty creepy and holds up even today because complex FX were unnecessary. As the article says, there have been two “stabs” (sorry) at re-energizing this franchise with disastrous results. Please stop………Here, I will even say, Pretty please with a cherry on top, if that will work.

    I wanna work for Hollywood because apparently all it takes is for someone to watch and old movie and then be able to BS a bunch of monkeys on how remaking it is a great idea.

  7. Monkey see, monkey do, again and again. Eh

  8. Hey, how about we Just rerelease it in 3D with some added CGI effects? It’s not like that’s ever been done before.

  9. Stop, G%# damn it! Stop!

  10. Why do they always have to remake classics? Why not remake a mediocre film and leave the classics alone? I said it before, I’ll say it again, let’s remake Hollywood with people who have imaginations.

  11. Why remake something that has already been remade?

  12. Yah, was going to say, didn’t they ALREADY make a remake of it???

  13. Death to another classic film. C’mon Hollywood!!!! get head’s outta your @$$es and make attempts to be creative. Sequel was a borefest & i never bothered with the made for tv version. I quote what someone says in Scream 4, Don’t F___ With The Original!

  14. They made a TV reboot and it was horrible. All they’ll do with this is make it gorier, but not better. Leave the film alone.

  15. “They’re going to laugh at you.”

    Worst idea since I heard they were remaking Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  16. DePalma’s Carrie is a classic and has nothing to fear from this “remake”.
    This is just further evidence of how bankrupt Hollywood is for new ideas.

  17. Worst episode ever, sorry idea.

  18. Cool now I don’t have to waste my time renting the original I’m sure its poop. (Sic)

  19. lindsay lohan for carrie

  20. Hollywood:
    I have new ideas. Have your people call my people. Stop production of “Carrie” remake. Extremely badly informed choice. Fire the intern that suggested it and take a long vacation in the Caymans. Once refreshed, tanned, rested and ready, we can get going on the reboot of “Beethoven”.

    • @ Gil

      I have a idea myself. I take my own camera w/ me & go to hollywood & go to the set of the film. First ill splash pig’s blood over everything along with gas & light everything ablaze & film it as everyone squirms out. Working title, “Carrie Super 8″, lol.

  21. If they are going to do this movie they better find a very good actress to Carrie White like the original.