Carrie Remake Just Became an Even Worse Idea

Word has leaked that the studio and producers of the remake of Carrie want to use the “found footage” trope employed in far too many movies already.

This is the worst idea I’ve heard since… well, since the idea of remaking Carrie.

Apparently, at least some of the movie will use the unimaginative technique, but the whole film will not necessarily be shot that way. The details are hazy, because the information is trickling out after the CEO of MGM, Roger Birnbaum, gave a speech at the University of Denver, his alma mater.

The reason I am so disappointed in this news is that – setting aside the boring idea of an unnecessary remake of a fine, iconic movie – the talent associated with project is very promising. It will be directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) and feature Chloe Grace Moretz (Let Me In, the remake of Let the Right One In) in the title role. And Julianne Moore has been offered the role of Carrie’s whacko mother. Also, the screenplay, adapted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is supposed to stick closer to Stephen King’s novel.

The idea of using “found footage” makes me feel like this is just a complete money-grab by MGM, but won’t even be interested in letting the new production put interesting spin on the project.

2 thoughts on “Carrie Remake Just Became an Even Worse Idea

  1. I’m guessing you haven’t read Carrie. The book is basically the predecessor of “Found Footage.” Part of it is told through news-paper clippings and such and part of it is third person. This movie actually sounds much closer to the vision of Stephen King. Or you can be a cynic and s— all over everything. Just sayin’.

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    • Actually, I am acquainted with the book, and nothing about it indicates to me that it should be filmed with a handheld camera purposely misframing grainy, out-of-focus shots with cruddy sound and ridiculous editing. It takes absolutely zero brains for a producer to say, “Hey, let’s shoot it found-footage style, like that ‘Blair Witch’ thing that all the kids are talkin’ about these days.” Sorry if that makes me cynical, but if somebody wants to make a naked money-grab look like anything more than a naked money-grab, they are required to bring something to a project… or else they deserve to get s— on.

      Nevertheless, thanks for reading, and especially for taking the time to express yourself.

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