Monday, April 30, 2012

CARRIE (Update)


Recently, CEO of MGM Roger Birnbaum paid a visit to the University of Denver, to speak with its film history and production classes and apparently dropped a few hints about his studio's upcoming Carrie redo.
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Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and director Kimberly Peirce are developing the film more as an adaptation of Stephen King's novel and less as a remake of the 1976 film. With that in mind, Birnbaum has implied that the new movie will feature found footage segments that will be scattered throughout the film. quickly pointed out, that this would actually be in keeping with King's original source material. If you look at the book, it's sprinkled with various "official" documents recounting the events of Carrie's disastrous prom night -- a literary technique known as epistolary, which is pretty much the written equivalent to found footage. However, this will likely be done through a series of interviews framing the story as opposed to the traditional Point-Of-View style that we've grown accustomed to over the last several years. But only time will tell how these scenes will be visually interpreted.

Chloe Moretz
Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Julianne Moore has been formally offered the role of Carrie's (Chloe Moretz) fanatical mother.

Chloe Moretz, on the other hand, spoke with in a recent interview, and here is what she had to say:

"I start that June 1st," says Moretz. "...It's going to be very well done. I don't want to jinx it, but [Peirce] is a genius, genius, genius director. I would never do it with someone that I don't trust. I trust her more than a lot of the directors I've worked with. She's the right woman for the job."

Released in 1974, "Carrie" was Stephen King's first published novel and tells the story of a high school girl who, through telekinetic powers, takes revenge on peers that have mocked her. Though Brian De Palma directed a highly-acclaimed film version in 1976, Moretz says that Peirce's take sticks more closely to King's text.

Julianne Moore
"I'm actually not looking at the original," she says, "even though De Palma's movie was one of the best movies ever made. It's completely iconic and I'm proud to be able to be doing a retooling of it. We're kind of going off the book. It's darker and much more psychological. More 'Black Swan.' You're really looking into her mind and it really looks into the relationship of Margaret and Carrie. It's set in modern time, so it's a lot different."

Most intriguing of Moretz's comments about the upcoming project was the hint that her Carrie White would offer a very different look for her, physically.

"It's something that's very different from me," Moretz says of Carrie's wardrobe. "It's an out of body thing. I'm becoming a totally different person for it. I'm letting go of all of my self-esteem issues and just kind of going into it. You have to."

Designed by Pierre-Luc Boucher, this fan-made teaser poster was posted to his Deviant Art page and soon found its way to Peirce as well Chloe Moretz. (See poster at the Top of this Article)

"That was a cool poster!" Moretz laughs. "Kim sent that to me. She said, 'Oh my god, you've got to look at this. It's really, really, really cool!' We both felt so pumped. Now we're chomping at the bit to get in there."

Carrie is scheduled for release on March 15, 2013. Check back for updates as they become available and catch Dark Shadows in theaters on May 11th.

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