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UPDATE: ‘Carrie’ Might Have Found Footage Elements, Plus Some Words From Chloe Moretz On The Project

Update: Deadline has confirmed our exclusive from two weeks ago in which we announced that Julianne Moore was in talks to play Carrie’s mom.

A couple of interesting tidbits today about the upcoming Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) directed remake of Carrie. The first of which is that the film may contain a few found footage elements. Now, various sectors of Twitter are already in a tizzy about this – but the report doesn’t sound conclusive by any means. And, even if this is correct, it doesn’t sound like the whole thing will be found footage.

This all comes from a talk MGM CEO Roger Birnbaum gave at the University of Denver. Per an anonymous student, “The CEO of MGM, Roger Birnbaum, came and spoke at my university today… [he] made it sound like it’s going to be a “found footage” type of film. The film is going to have interviews with the survivors of the prom incident, and focus on that take.” This could actually be faithful. As Peter Hall at points out, “King’s original novel is interspersed with various “official” documents recounting what happened on Carrie’s deadly prom night (a writing technique called epistolary, which is basically the literary equivalent of found footage), so if Aguirre-Sacasa’s script is indeed going back to the source material, the film focusing on “interviews with the survivors of the prom incident” makes perfect sense.

This doesn’t excite me, but neither does it get me all hot and bothered. I suppose I’m neutral on the idea of a Carrie remake in general. The other tidbit of this story – which doesn’t necessarily clash with the found footage stuff – is the following quote star Chloe Moretz gave to Box Office Pro during a Dark Shadows interview, “It’s an amazing role, and I’m so excited to get in there and try to tackle it and see what I can change up. It’s already been done, and there’s already been the amazing, amazing Sissy Spacek version of it, but what I really want to do is spice it up and take a more modern, younger approach to it because I am going through what Carrie is going through. She’s figuring out who she is, and I just really want to get in there and see what I can do, feel it out.

Carrie opens on March 15th, 2013.



  • Trevor Hodge

    SPOLIER: Carrie wins prom queen, gets pig blood poured on her, sets the gym on fire, goes home, kills her mom, and her house falls in. NO NEED FOR THE REMAKE! NO NEED FOR THE SHAKY-CAM/FOUND FOOTAGE. NO NEED TO CLUTTER THE HORROR MARKET WITH YET ANOTHER MEDIOCRE REMAKE!!!!

  • djblack1313

    can we fucking STOP with the fucking found footage shit?!!!!! there’s like 5,000 movies coming up with this new, never been done before (sarcasm) found footage deal. enough already.

    • EvilHead1981

      Sadly, that’s a downside to humanity in general. Find one thing that resonates with the crowd, then spam the HELL out of it and KEEP on milking it for all it’s worth, even when people start to get sick of it. It’s one of mankind’s flaws, not knowing when to stop and not knowing when to leave well enough alone.

    • Droolbear

      I agree %100 with what djblack1313 said.

  • KevinR1990

    I’m probably gonna get flamed for saying this… but I think that what they’re doing with the Carrie remake is a good idea. It sounds like they’re going the District 9 route by combining after-the-fact interviews with a conventional movie, rather than doing the whole film Blair Witch-style. (Yeah, I’m old-school. Or just plain old.) Plus, it reflects how the original novel was written, by combining prose with newspaper articles, police reports and book excerpts. I’d like to see someone pull that off with this book, and District 9 proved that it can be done well.

    Conclusion: Still cautiously optimistic until I see posters and a trailer.

  • Klepto4

    How old is Chloe Moretz now??, would it be appropriate yet to say “I’m looking forward to the shower scene”. Doh!
    Nah seriously I really rate Chloe Moretz. “Kiss Ass” obviously openned my eyes to her overall presence and then the “Let me in” horror remake, she gave this incredible cuteness/innocence which would draw anyone into their death. Utterly convincing!

  • thebogeymaniscoming

    People that are complaining about the “found footage” aspect of this film clearly have not read the novels. Stephen King’s Carrie had found “footage” (in the form of documents/interviews” before found footage movies were cool. I can’t wait for this. Julianne Moore is a brilliant actress and so is Chloe. And anyone who’s complaining about Chloe being too young, Carrie was 17 and a late bloomer in the book, if you guys don’t remember correctly. This is great. De Palma’s movie is amazing in its own right. But it isn’t faithful to the book. If this truly is as faithful as they’re claiming, then I can’t wait.

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