Carrie Remake Looks Promising

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

The original film adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie is an iconic piece of cinema. Directed by the legendary Brian De Palma, the film propelled its young lead Sissy Spacek onto stardom.

And now, like every other film from the 70s and 80s with any modicum of appeal, Carrie is being remade for a 21st century audience. There is no doubting the shrewdness of MGM, as they are targeted a teen demographic, most of which, have never seen the original

In fact, the cast for the remake is arguably more impressive this time around. Kick-Ass and Hugo actress Chloe Moretz will take on the role of Carrie, with Julianne Moore playing her overbearing and quite terrifying mother.

While Spacek went onto to enjoy a great career, which included an Academy Award, even she admits that she was slightly out of her depth in the original.

Indeed, the character of Carrie is certainly a difficult one to pull off. Blessed with telekinetic powers, the shy teenager is mercilessly bullied by her peers, while being smothered by her destructive mother.

In fact, actress Piper Laurie, who played Carrie’s mother in the original, stole the movie. Although, in Julianne Moore the remake has one of the best dramatic actresses working today, having forged a niche playing unstable characters in the P.T Anderson’s Boogie Nights and Magnolia in the 1990s. She really is an ideal choice for this pivotal role.

Kimberly Peirce, who directed the excellent Boys Don’t Cry, is helming the production. The film will released on March 15th 2013.

About Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a journalist and copywriter from Glasgow, Scotland. As well as being involved in film festivals in the UK, Mark has also worked as a sports reporter covering soccer matches in his home country. In fact, he even attended the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, helping to document the cultural impact of the event on the city. He also writes for The Huffington Post covering topics such as film, sports and politics.

Comments

  1. Wow, MGM is really milking this movie. Messing with another classic in my opinion. This will actually be the 2nd remake. “Carrie” was already remade as a (forgettable) TV movie in 2002 ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319970/ ) which is currently playing on cable.

    • Mark Hodge says:

      Hi Anthony,

      I had forgotten about the TV remake. And, your probably right to be highly skeptical of this movie. It seems every other film now is either a remake, reboot, prequel or sequel. Let’s hope that there comes a saturation point in the near future and we can start enjoying some original stories again.

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