Carrie, the Stephen King novel which was originally made into a film directed by Brian De Palma in 1976, is being remade for a Spring 2013 release next year and had a panel on Saturday at the IGN Theater at New York Comic-Con.
The original stands as a cult classic and is the ultimate revenge of the nerd story in which a red-headed shy, wallflower teenager, imbued with telekinesis, throws her wrath of vengeance and revenge on the residents of small town in which she lives who have always shunned and mocked her.
The new version finds Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In) in the role of Carrie White, originally played by Sissy Spacek. Moretz, along with celebrated actress Julianne Moore stepping into the role perfected by Piper Laurie in the first film as Carrie’s chillingly disturbed mother, director Kimberly Peirce, and producer Kevin Misher made up the panel at NYCC at the Jacob Javits Center in midtown Manhattan.
Moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross, the panel began with the showing of an exclusive teaser trailer for the film, which gave a quick look at Moretz in a dress covered in blood standing in the middle of a town in flames.
The director then talked about the challenges in making a remake of the film. She lauded Brian De Palma for his surefooted direction of the original film and explained the differences between his version and the remake, where Peirce said she was able to do things that couldn’t be done with the technology in the 1970s. She also said they dove into King’s novel and used more from the book, expanding beyond just the prom climax of the original movie. Misher explained how it would be a benefit using today’s cinematic climate, since it would be able to open up the original story and expand its narratives. Moretz talked about filling the shoes laid forth by Sissy Spacek’s unforgettable performance. Moore spoke about the psychology and backstory of cultivating her character.
In audience Q&A, it was revealed that social media would act as a catalyst to the plot in terms of bullying, something which wasn’t considered a point of contention in society when the book and the original film was released in the 1970s. The panels also comments on the many gallons of fake blood used in the film, most of which ended up on the teenage Moretz (the filmmakers estimated something like 1,000 gallons of fake blood was used throughout the film). Moretz also gave out a number fans can call to “talk to Carrie”: 207-404-2604.
It will definitely be interesting to see how the new film plays out when released next year, and to see if a whole new generation will embrace the pig blood, the botched high school prom, and the intensity and embarrassment of everyone in the room who’s going to laugh at Carrie.
Additional contribution by Empress Eve; Photos by Dave3.