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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.




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