Anyone else recall having the bejeezus scared out of them watching Carrie, Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation of Stephen King’s first published novel? It was the ultimate “mousy outcast unleashes telekinetic revenge on her unsuspecting bullies” plot line, brilliantly and terrifyingly played out on screen by Sissy Spacek (as Carrie), Piper Laurie (as Carrie’s mother), and a cast of mean girl tormentors. Nearly 40 years later, director Kimberly Peirce is resurrecting the classic horror film using the modern star power of Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore to deliver her take on King’s original story.
While you may not know her name, you will likely know a noteable part of director/writer/producer Kimberly Peirce’s impressive body of work. She made her directorial debut with Boys Don’t Cry (1999), starring Hilary Swank. The multi-award winning and nominated film, which Kimberly also co-wrote, is based on the true story of a transgendered teen whose life meets a tragic end.
That resume bullet point alone is enough to have us excited about what Kimberly will do with her version of Carrie, which is reported to be truer to the original Stephen King story and puts greater focus on the highly dysfunctional relationship between shy, lonely and isolated Carrie and her abusive, mentally unstable, sin obsessed mother. But then add in two incredibly talented actresses playing the lead roles – Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie White and Julianne Moore as Carrie’s mother Margaret White – and we are counting the days until the movie’s March 15, 2013 release.
What’s interesting to note is that Chloë Grace Moretz is only 15 years old, which is spot on with the high school-aged Carrie White she’s playing. But, Sissy Spacek was 27 when she played Carrie, so clearly she faked her teen awkwardness and angst really well.
To that point, Brian De Palma’s Carrie earned Oscar nominations for both Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. While that may have set the previous bar quite high, our prediction is that the level of acting muscle Chloë and Julianne will bring to the revamped classic under Kimberly’s direction will be award-nod worthy as well. After all, Hilary Swank did win the Oscar for Best Actress in Boys Don’t Cry on Kimberly’s watch.
Admittedly, we can’t help but wonder how Carrie will play out from a female director’s perspective this time around. Having a woman calling the shots will have some sort of an effect, no? For Kimberly, being able to successfully make a new film version of the acclaimed story that Stephen King penned is not a matter of gender… it’s just about the craft of directing. “My femaleness comes and goes, men and women all direct from the same place,” she explained in an October 13 interview with the all-things-horror site, Bloody Disgusting.
MGM and Sony Screen Gems premiered the first trailer teaser for Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie at the New York Comic Con over the weekend and debuted it online at Yahoo! Movies yesterday. It’s just a taste and we can’t wait to see more. Check it out below and let us know what you think.