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The CARRIE remake has its date!


Hey folks, Harry here...  This is one of those titles, of all of Stephen King's titles, that I think will end up becoming his most adapted work.   The story of a girl that gets bullied and then...  well you know.   Well, sadly it isn't an isolated story.  Bullying is an issue that continues to claim victims and as a result, King's cautionary tale about watching out for who you pick on...  it will be told and told frequently.

Personally, I just feel Brian DePalma's CARRIE should just be reissued into theaters every PROM season for the rest of time.   I completely love that film.   Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie...  The 3 times in my life that I've read King's novel...  I see them in my mind's eye as the characters.

So why not rage at the notion of a remake of this?

First it is being made by a filmmaker that has a great deal of talent.   Kimberly Peirce's CARRIE will be hitting on March 15, 2013 and will be starring Chloe Moretz as Carrie White.   When the news hit, Kimberly Peirce posted the following upon her FACEBOOK page:


We have a release date!

The article rightly points out I have gone back to the wonderful STEPHEN KING Book 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'm interested to see what this film becomes.  I'm very curious to see Chloe get into the skin of this character - and for Kimberly to create the environment that unleashes what this little girl has inside of her.   That said...  I'm glad to have CARRIE on BluRay!

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  • April 16, 2012, 4:40 a.m. CST


    by barnaby jones

    This news was out last week.

  • April 16, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Isnt Chloe too young for this role?

    by KilliK

  • April 16, 2012, 5:17 a.m. CST

    At least the casting age is more appropriate

    by James Stevenson

    Sissy Spacek was 27 when she played Carrie White; Angela Bettis was 29. Chloe Moretz will be 16 next year. Maybe a bit too young, but close enough. The problem with Moretz is she's a little too attractive. As written, Carrie White was no looker. I don't know how Kimberly Peirce is gonna get around that. So, next question: who gets cast as Margaret White? Since it's Peirce directing, I wouldn't be too surprised if she chose Hilary Swank. Don't recall whether or not she's played any evil psychobitches in the past, but I suspect it's well within her range.

  • April 16, 2012, 5:50 a.m. CST

    One thing we can be sure of with this remake:

    by brokentusk

    Nary a locker room bush will be seen.

  • April 16, 2012, 5:53 a.m. CST


    by Johnny Wrong


  • April 16, 2012, 6:13 a.m. CST


    by James Stevenson

    Indeed, sir. You have hit the proverbial nail on the head (or the muff, as it were). De Palma (nobody's fool) put that scene amongst the opening credits. Certainly not a bad way to grab the viewer's attention.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:25 a.m. CST

    It's already been remade badly

    by Gary Makin

  • April 16, 2012, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Re: Gmakin

    by brocknroll

    Carrie was never remade. "Carrie 2: The Rage", was a sequel from the 1976 film, continuing the story.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Spacek wasn't exactly fug.

    by BangoSkank

    Sure we won't see Carrie's tits like we did in the original, but depending on the rating, there could be other highscool tits and muff. Ah, who am I kidding, this'll be PG-13. However, I see people complaining about Chloe being too cute, but I thought Spacek was a hot little ginger back in the day. The book describes Carrie as a little pudgy and battling acne, and that doesn't describe Spacek in any way, so I think it's a moot point.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Yeah, they also remade the original.

    by BangoSkank

    There's *The Rage: Carrie 2* and a *Carrie* remake out there. Pretty sure, at least.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:45 a.m. CST

    I don't think Chloe will be able to top the prom scene...

    by brocknroll

    While I think, Chloe Moretz, is a great choice for Carrie White. Her and Sissy Spacek look almost like each other. I don't think Chloe will be able to top DePalma's prom scene which was the best part of the movie.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Carrie was remade for TV in 2002.

    by SpaghettiWall

    Nobody remembers because it had no point. Just like this movie has no point.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    There HAS to be a scene where she gets bullied on Facebook.

    by SpaghettiWall

    It's going to happen and you all know it.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST


    by James Stevenson

    I like where your heading. A Twitter battle between Carrie and Chris Hargensen wouldn't be too far off the mark, either. Gotta pull it into the brave new world. And....... dare I say it? (dare, dare!): Zach Efron as Billy Nolan. No shit. He needs to pull a River Phoenix (hello My Own Private Idaho, goodbye Tiger Magazine), and go completely against the grain. Not that he's even 10% of the actor Phoenix was, but...... in this case, it just might work.

  • I'm gonna piss all over the screen.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Is Carrie on Facebook? Maybe I can add her.

    by Gary Makin

  • April 16, 2012, 7:27 a.m. CST

    They're not going to put an unattractive girl in the lead

    by Mugato5150

    they don't do that anymore. It's like when people were saying the girl in Hunger Games wasn't skinny enough. Teens in movies have to be hot, the leads anyway. Damn what the story calls for.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST

    I want IT....

    by Be_a_zed

    .....before this!

  • April 16, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST

    So Chloe's going to come out of the closet for this movie?

    by cameron

  • April 16, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST

    My request:

    by Michael Edwards

    Please set this film in the time period that the novel was written. I don't want to hear the bullies tell Carrie "no one is going to like you on Facebook."

  • April 16, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    Are we really so excited about this movie getting a date that we put an exclamation point on there? Is there even a script?

  • April 16, 2012, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Ah, Carrie..every bullied victim's fantasy.

    by Stalkeye

    The best part of the film no doubt, is when she took down not only her tormentors but out of rage and delussion, everyone else. Saddest scene was her zealot psycho bitch of a Mother backstabbed her. (litterely) and in turn carr repayed her mum in spades. Leading to the whoe House collapsing on her. Still hated that stupid cliche ending which de palma repeated in Dress to Kill. Classic Horror drama that need not a remake. Carrie 2: The Rage does not exist in this Dojo, Mofo!

  • April 16, 2012, 7:44 a.m. CST

    what's next, a Remake of The Omen?

    by Stalkeye

  • April 16, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    Boys Don't Cry

    by Essemtee

    Peirce directed that one, and it was intense, controversial, and just outright disturbing. So I have a bit of confidence that this Carrie remake, however pointless it may seem, will be handled well. It'll probably be a PG-13, though. The studio needs those $$$ that would otherwise be lost with an R rating. Kick-Ass and Let Me In were both great, and both R, but not big money makers. Moretz with dowdy clothes, extra weight, greasy skin, cheek acne, stringy hair, and a slouch. Could work.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    But will there be 'dirty pillows'?

    by Jet Jaguar

  • April 16, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Worst. Prom. Ever. "They're going to laugh at you"

    by StatelyWayneManor

    There might be clips of "Carrie the Muisical" on Youtube. I'm not kidding.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    stalkeye (RE: OMEN)

    by Mikey Wood

    You mean a remake of the remake of the Omen. OMEN was re-made in 2006.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    There's like dozens of other Stephen King books that haven't been adapted yet

    by Christian Sylvain

    Why in the hell must they remake a film that's been done at least twice already? Oh, that's right. Because the studio producers are pussies and have to play everything safe.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Carrie 3: Carrie Vs. Jean Grey

    by iceman199

    Fighting over the Phoenix Force.

  • bullying...Moretz is a knock-out, if they ugly her up; grease her hair, acne, etc. she might pull it off... The bully angle could take on a whole new life.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    I don't understand how someone can get bullied on facebook

    by Jaster Mareel

    They ahve to be your friends before they can even converse with you. If you don't like what they are saying, just fucking block them. What's the problem?

  • April 16, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Chloe Moretz is NOT a knockout

    by Jaster Mareel

    She's fucking goofy-looking. I don't know what the fuck you people are talking about.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Overrated movie by an overrated director

    by Suskis

    De Palma is quite an overrated director. I liked only 3 of his movies (and only Carlito's way is fantastic). Carrie is decent, but it starts fantastic then slowly goes down to meh. As any other recent remake, it will be pointless.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    The CARRIE remake has its date, but it has no interest

    by CuervoJones

  • April 16, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    You can't exactly describe a 15-year-old as a 'knockout'...

    by performingmonkey

    It's a shame she's so young because that means they definitely won't do the shower scene. And if you're gonna cut that, how exactly are you staying true to the book??

  • And it has been since Kick Ass where I will remind everyone....SHE WAS 12 FUCKING YEARS OLD! Anyone describing her as =hot= in that film was looking at a little girl who hadn't even ENTERED PUBERTY YET!

  • April 16, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Chloe is at that weird stage where in-

    by Bruno

    One movie she was a little girl and then suddenly in the "Dark Shadows" trailer she is a teenager. When I see little kids grow up so quickly it makes me feel old. She'll be fine in the role. Also the shower scene won't make sense in 2012 because most schools don't have showers for regular gym class. Only for people on sports teams, and since she is an outcast she wouldn't be on a team. Nudity doesn't make for a good movie. Look at the very underrated and overlooked remake of Last House on the Left. They took out some stuff and the rape scene wasn't as gratutious. But the way it was filmed was more intense than the original and less was shown.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Facebook Bullying

    by Bruno

    You don't have to be friends with people to be bullied in FB or Twitter... Kids these days are so fucking hiveminded that they will Status and re-status and Tweet and Retweet shit about a person that even though you don't see it personally, damn near everyone in school will. I've seen people post other people's phone numbers and encourage people to call. Kids are fucking diabolically retarded these days.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    *Cue Greatest American Hero Theme* Belive it or not, I don't really care....

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    No William Katt getting his bell rung via a falling bucket? No dice!

  • If you're not aware of it I'm not sure I would call it bullying. Just being nasty cunts. I say cunts because it sounds like something little girls would do. Guys don't bother with shit like this. If a guy doesn't like you, he'll punch you. If a girl doesn't like you, she will do everything she can to destroy your fucking life because she will obsess over it night and day. SOOOOOOO glad I had a son.

  • Chloe ain't no little girl no mo.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Fett...I love you Bro...but this chick ain't Goofy looking...

    by conspiracy

  • April 16, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Carrie plot is already out....

    by notcher

    Carrie becomes a poster on Aintitcool, but when all that happens is CreepyThinMan rips on her, calls her ugly and finally pushes her over the edge with his "FACT" posts, she causes every talkbacker's computer to blow up in their faces and melt off like the dude in Raiders. The irony of that ending is that us talkbackers die in the coolest way we ever could have imagined.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I, too, wish for a 70's period piece with this...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...but the reason so many horror films of the 70's and 80's get remade it because today's kids refuse to watch "old" movies made before they were born, which is why we're getting a new Total Recall barely 22 years after the original. The only recent horror remake I can think of that retained the same period as the original was 2003 version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and that was a piece of shit. I mean, with today's bullying epidemic, the underlying themes of Carrie remain as relevant as ever, so I'm not totally against a remake, especially as they've gotten an actual FILMMAKER to handle it, instead of handing it to one of Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes puppets ("Carrie White is an alien, and you're gonna love her...!"). Chloe *is* a bit too cute for the role of a social misfit, though, unless they seriously ugly her up. Maybe they'll give her Asperger's syndrome, just to be super-topical.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    BUt it's weird how these things start

    by Jaster Mareel

    Something really little can spark a flurry of bullshit. I've actually been bullied a few times and it always ended with violence. One time I was at a summer camp, I'm gonna say I was 7 or 8. One kid kept fucking with me. I have no idea why. Probably because I was quiet and shy. Anyway, he kept pushing and pushing and pushing until one day I picked up a fucking tree branch and brained him with it. he had to be rushed to the emergency room for stitches. There was serious talk about sending me home, but they didn't for some reason. Frankly if I were them I would have. It was a pretty fucked up vibe from then on. Nobody said jack shit to me and I was totally fine with that, but it felt weird having everyone afraid of me. Another time at summer camp, I think I was 12 or so, sort of the same thing. Except this time I was friends with everyone in my cabin until a certain event. My mother had packed a pair of slippers with my things so I didn't have to put on my shoes to go take a piss in the middle of the night. Well those slippers caused me several days of hell. One kid in my cabin saw me put them on and go take a piss and by the next morning I had been declared a fag. Since slippers aren't exactly damning evidence, a story was made up that I had gotten a boner in the shower with other guys. In fact I had heard that story about some other kid earlieer, but they just adapted it to be me. That kind of poison is so destructive. I weven told them about the branch, hoping that would stop it, it didn't. Then I started telling people I was a brown-belt, a lie. That actually worked on a couple of them. I did know karate and actually practiced some in the cabin and I think that started to chill them fuckers out. So eventually things calmed down but let me tell you, someone was about to get fucked up. Unfortunately, that's just the way it goes. I feel bad for kids who literally are not able to defend themselves because that was always the final solution for me.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Spending Time In Her Closet... HAHA

    by tailhook

    Sorry.. that was one funny ass line. I wonder if she's gonna have her mom pull out knives on her too. Maybe have some siblings dump a bucket of blood on her just to know what it feels like. And while I don't think she's that bad in the acting department, she's definately box office poison. Whenever she's been counted on to carry a film, its underperformed. The only one she reasonably had success in was Hugo, and that was mainly sold as a Scorsese film. Its not like she hasn't had the opportunities. And that 'trademark' pout of hers is annnnnnoying.

  • April 16, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Julianne Moore is supposedly Margaret White

    by Homer Sexual

    Thats what I read on EW anyway. Agreed that this is pointless. The original holds up incredibly well and it is honestly impossible to imagine a remake even being close to equally good. Just impossible. Todays filmmakers don't have the guts to make the kind of movies we got back then. Even DePalma couldn't make Carrie like this again.

  • April 16, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I saw Chloe in the tv show 'The Guardian' when she was like six

    by Raptor Jesus

    Even then you couldn't take your eyes off her. She's got amazing screen charisma. But this move? WTF are they thinking?

  • April 16, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    I don't think an actor can be box office poison tailhook...

    by FreeBeer

    ...Those films didn't under perform because of Chloe, they underperformed because they weren't blockbusters. The closet she has come to a starring in a blockbuster was Hugo, and as you said yourself, that did well. She has been picking risky projects, small movies, which is what I admire about her. She could be starring in safe fluffy kids movies or chick flicks if she felt like it, but she isn't. It's young actresses like Moretz that have no trouble transitioning from a career as a child actor to a life long adult career, because she is all ready being taken seriously. I don't know anyone who hasn't gone to a film because Moretz was the star. On the contrary, she is often the best thing about any movie she is in.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    freebeer, and astute observation

    by Jaster Mareel

    Kids that build a career on being a kid can have trouble transitioning to adult roles. That obviously won't be a problem for her. Drew Barrymore is doing fine now, but that took awhile and she never really fleshed out a good adult career. The closest she got was Donnie Darko, and that was a bit part. Although I believe she also executive produced it. Dakota Fanning tried to put it all in one movie, in which she gets raped. When's the last movie you saw with her in it? And yes, I think Chloe Moretz is goofy looking. She's got a big nose and strange duck lips. What she will look like, you know, when she's actually a WOMAN, I have no idea.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Why The Remake? The Hair Cuts & The Clothes, Bay-bee!

    by Buzz Maverik

    Don't you guys have kids? Of course you don't. But let me tell you, whether the kids are the bullies or the bullied, they won't watch CARRIE because of William Katt's or Amy Irving's hair. I mean, I'm old enough to know about this and this shit still pre-dates me (being one of the first miserable little shits to buzz cut his hair and spray paint his denim vest -- didn't want to go as far as a mohawk). The story is timeless, more so than ever with bullying finally being taken more seriously and with religious fanaticism, child abuse, etc coming slightly closure to the forefront. It just has to look and sound like now.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Carrie White Rescued Danny Torrance & Charlie McGee...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...after faking her own death. She raised them in Castlederry, Maine, to be Stephen King's League of Extraordinary X-Men.

  • April 16, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I didn't really care for the first Carrie,

    by Rob

    it insists upon itself....

  • Tell me that wouldn't be fucking hilarious. We already have one perfect adaptation of the book – they might as well try and make this version fun, like THE WICKER MAN (2006).

  • April 16, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    I agree that Chole is too young. She's a fine young actress though.

    by The Founder

  • April 16, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Sewing her own dresses?

    by jellypop

    Does this mean that she'll also be watching pigs getting slaughtered, just to, ya know, get a feel for the blood? Yuck. I didn't like the Sissy Spacek version although I haven't seen it for years and was fairly young when I watched it. I think I would rather revisit it than see the remake.

  • April 16, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    "being made by a filmaker that has a great deal of talent"...

    by eustisclay

    ...yeah, look how well that turned out in Psycho and The Wicker Man. I still think if they need to remake a 70's bullying flick, they should skip Carrie and go for Massacre at Central High. I love the movie, but it could be improved upon.

  • April 16, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    This Talkback is a remake...

    by adeceasedfan

    She's too young.

  • April 16, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    This post is a remake. Fucking quotation gremlin.

    by adeceasedfan

    This talkback is a remake of the announcement tb. She's too young. She's too pretty. She's fucking hot. You're a fucking perv. No shower scene. No Bush. No remakes. Fuck remakes. Fuck them. Fuck this. Fuck you. Fuck. End quote. Carry on.

  • April 16, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Complaints of no nudity..what?

    by wcolbert

    You guys know she's 15, right? Granted, she'll be 16 by the time it comes out, which is legal in some parts of the world (and even some states, as far as consent rascally southern states, you)...and let's face it, what most of us THINK is not exactly in agreement with what the law SAYS, most of the time. It just happens that you're labled a pedophile if you do so in most of the united states. So you'd think most people would at least pretend they're ok with her not being nude. Even though we all know most of you wouldn't mind. Then again, one must make the distinction between nudity of a *sexual* nature, and just plain nudity (and yes, you can have a girl under 18 nude in a movie, provided it is not of a sexual nature - a certain topless scene in American Beauty featured a then-under 18 Thora Birch, for example). Now, I have never seen Carrie - at least, not the entire movie as uncensored by television. Sue me. But it strikes me that a shower scene is not of a sexual nature (or is it, in the movie?), so technically it is not out of the question. Don't get your hopes up, though. I rather doubt they'd want to risk the box-office backlash.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    The TV remake is a failed pilot

    by MisterManReturns

    "Carrie" lives in the end, to travel the country experiencing additional supernatural encounters. "Dead Zone" type of spin off, I suppose. It wasn't really that bad, just unnecessary. "Carrie 2" is idiotic.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    TMI, dude. Uhm, not everything that goes through your brain needs to shared, okay? "This other time at summer camp..." And the weird thing is even though you're the victim/hero of the story (-ies) you still come off like a deluded douchebag.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by yubnubrocks

    this version will be darker and grittier.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    I just saw Stephen King again today!

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    Friday I saw Stephen King at a local theater watching Cabin In The Woods which he liked. This morning I sat near him again and watched The Raid (it just finally came here). I know you are going to think I am fucking with you but I did see him. I mentioned the clown in Cabin which looked like Pennywise and he said it looked sort of like him since they probably didn't want to get sued by the publishing house. We both loved The Raid. Over the top action. Nothing like laughing and saying things like "Holy crap" with Stephen King about over the top violence in a movie :) The guy seems very down to earth. I thanked him for his books and shook his hand. No autograph because that seems kinda weird to do as a grown man. I was tempted to say "I am your number one fan" but thought he might not appreciate the joke.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    SPOILER ALERT: her dad is satan.

    by Arcadian Del Sol

  • April 16, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    DePalma's "Carrie" S-U-C-K-S! Big time. IMO

    by gamerawangi

    First I get a some flack for hating Kubrick's "The Shining". But even more so, I LOATHE DePalma's "Carrie". Just. Plain. Awful. Yeah, Sissy Spacek is great. And that's pretty much the only nice thing I can say about the movie. Piper Laurie done in by a potato peeler? Puh-lease. And that's just the start of my beef's with that travesty of a film... I'm hoping this re-invisioning makes it more like the book. Namely, a documentary. The book isn't seen from just the author's point of view. We get stories from people who were there, in their own words, and what they saw. A mix of "documentary interviews" and straight-forward narrative would just nail it. A skilled director, and well-written script, could pull it off and do justice to the source. Finally.

  • April 17, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST

    So... Julianne Moore for her Mum.

    by jpdisco

    That works

  • Her "social life" would be on complete lockdown. Period.

  • April 17, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    @freebeer: Moretz

    by tailhook

    She hasn't been in blockbusters because the movies she's tried to carry haven't made money. People are not buying into her prouct. Kick-Ass, for example, was a highly commercial product in the same vein as Wanted. Wanted was a blockbuster due to the starpower of Jolie. Kick-Ass performed subpar with Moretz as the major selling point. Let Me In was also a commercial product designed to take advantage of the vampire craze by 'doing it right' that went absolutely nowhere with her as the selling point. The simple fact is as a character actress she's rather good, as a lead actress that has to carry and sell a movie she sucks balls and makes movies people do not want to pay money to see. That = Box Office Poison. Maybe Carrie will turn it around for her, idk, but as much as being in the Hollywood Inside gets her the choice roles, it can also go the other way if people keep taking a bloodbath(pun intended) on the business side every time she makes a film. Another turd or two and she's going to be put out to pasture with Dakota Fanning and be making B-roll stuff with the occasional blockbuster semi-cameo while the Next New Thing will come along.

  • April 17, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    phantomcreepsreturns: Only fags who use the word poo need autographs

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    No offense. That Justin Bieber autograph you have looks good on your ass.