Carrie was the very first piece of Stephen King‘s writing to see a film adaptation way back in 1976, and Brian De Palma’s film remains one of the high points in King’s cinematic canon. The story follows a teenage girl whose blossoming into womanhood opens up a powerful psychic power within her, and while her rigidly religious mother sees it as the work of the devil her cruel classmates don’t see it at all. Well, not until prom night anyway.
King’s fiction has been adapted for the screen over a hundred times including feature films, shorts, direct to DVD efforts and sequels, and starting with 1997’s mini-series of The Shining his previously adapted works also started getting the remake treatment. Interestingly, all of them ended up as TV films/mini-series (including a 2002 redo of Carrie that aired on NBC).
That distinction is set to change early next year though when Screen Gems/MGM will release a new feature version of King’s first novel. Director Kimberly Peirce returns to the big screen for only the second time since she burst onto the scene with 1995’s Boys Don’t Cry, and she’s joined by Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore to tell a story about bullying, teen angst and the untimely arrival of Aunt Flo.
Check out the brand new teaser below.
Not a lot to comment on here obviously as it is only a minute-long teaser, and it’s unclear if this long tracking shot is actually in the movie or if it’s strictly for marketing purposes. Regardless, it definitely has an appealing visual style. This may or may not be viewed as a positive for some of you, but the overhead gives off a nice 30 Days of Night vibe as it moves across the battered and burning landscape below.
Moretz as Carrie is an interesting casting choice as she’s limited by both her age and her range. The former most likely means the novel’s opening menstruation will need to be told in a potentially less affecting way, and the latter means she has a definite challenge before her. Her characters benefit from snark and a wise-beyond-her-years attitude, but both of those things are lacking in Carrie White. She pretty much managed it with Let Me In, but she’ll have a lot more screen time to fill here.
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