Carrie remake takes shape
We've been hearing some casting news coming through about the remake of Carrie, the Brian DePalma directed adaptation of the Stephen King novel which was a cracking horror film and one of the best film adaptations of King's work, at first there was a lot of concern but when we heard that Kimberly Peirce was directing interest was sparked, especially directing playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's script.
We've heard the casting for Carrie herself, and now we're hearing about who could be the actress who will play her mother, and right now it's sounding like a fantastic line-up. Could this be better than the original?
I'm starting to think that it just might, and I wouldn't be surprised if you are too.
Kimberly Peirce directed Boys Don't Cry and Stop-Loss, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa may not have great credits for film or television but he's known more for being a playwright and that talent could do well on a story like Carrie.
Then there's the news that came through The Hollywood Reporter of who was set to play Carrie, one Chloë Grace Moretz. Sure it's casting younger than we saw in the original but she's a damn fine actress and she's just getting better all the time. She's going to make a great Carrie, you just know it and the fact that she's just as excited came through in a recent tweet she made:
"Never been so happy in my life! Thank you Kim Peirce and thank u MGM for the chance of a lifetime i will never forget!"
So who will play her mother? Well Jodie Foster has been mentioned, and seeing her turn in Inside Man (Filmstalker review) I was hugely excited for that, she plays a great mean character, something she doesn't often do, but the news from Bloody Disgusting through First Showing is that it isn't going to be her as Julianne Moore is in talks for the role, and that usually means the talks are pretty far on.
Personally I would prefer it was Foster but Moore is a fantastic actress and will easily give an excellent performance to match and better the original.
So with Moretz playing the teenager with growing telekinetic powers, Moore playing her physically and psychologically abusive mother, and the talent behind the script and the direction looking strong, this really could work. Peirce herself has something to say about that too.
Speaking on Facebook through ShockTillYouDrop, without any reference link, the director Kimberly Peirce talked about her direction for Carrie:
I am also modernizing the story as one has to in order to bring any great piece of work written in one era into the next and especially given how very relevant this material is right now.
Chloe is going deep into character to get this right....sewing her own dresses, spending time in her closet....and so much more....Thanks for all the great wishes. We are on it! And privileged to be working with such great source material.
I think the comments are a little over the top for Moretz, but if they aren't I'd hope she's getting some serious psychiatric help to go along with it.
Modernising the story sounds good but she has to be careful here, after all what really needs modernised? The sets, the locations, the music? What else? It's going to be interesting to see what she has in store for the new Carrie.
After reading all that though, what do you think? Is the new Carrie going to be a good Carrie, a better Carrie than the one we've seen before?