Kimberly Peirce Talks Adapting 'Carrie' From Woman's Perspective
It's been a while since fans last heard about Kimberly Peirce's "Carrie" remake project. Giving some updates on the upcoming horror movie, the director recently took time to speak with Total Film about her vision on the novel-adapted pic originally made famous by Brian De Palma.
During the interview, Peirce opened up about what attracted her to bring Stephen King's novel to the silver screen once again. "I really, deeply, honestly, 100 percent fell so in love with King's writing and his characters," she gushed. "I love that it's such a richly psychological book. It's so dense."
While De Palma scored success with his own take on "Carrie" back in 1976, Peirce admitted that she had her own unique approach to the material which was quite different from the original version. "I took a page out of the novel to really make it a mother/daughter story," she said. "Carrie is your protagonist but the mother/daughter story is the heart and soul."
Furthermore, Peirce believed that her reimagination of "Carrie" would be special because it was directed from the perspective of a female director. "I also know how girls act and get along with each other," she explained. "I know how women use power too."
In the upcoming remake, Carrie is portrayed by Chloe Moretz while her mother Margaret White is played by Julianne Moore. The story is set in the quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine where the deeply religious and conservative Margaret and her daughter live.
Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson, but only Chris' best friend, Sue Snell, regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc.
Set for a March 15, 2013 release in the U.S., "Carrie" is also supported by Judy Greer as Miss Desjardin, Portia Doubleday as Chris Hargenson, Gabriella Wilde as Sue Snell, and Ansel Elgort as Tommy Ross.
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