38 years after Stephen King published his classic novel and 36 years after the original film adaptation starring Sissy Spacek, a new version of Carrie is currently in the works.
Chloe Grace Moretz has been cast in the lead role, with Julianne Moore confirmed as Carrie’s psychotic mother. 15-year-old Moretz is saying the new version will “mess with your mind.” While she may be age-appropriate for the role, I cannot help wondering if an actress that young can bring the complexity of a character like this to life (Spacek was a married, established 27-year-old actress when she starred in the original 1976 film).
With a planned release of March 2013, this actually will be the latest in a series of Carrie reboots. A sequel, Carrie 2:The Rage, was released in 1999, and a failed Broadway version folded after just a few performances in 1988.
But when it comes to the all-time worst remakes in history (most of which are remakes of classic Stephen King movies), the 2002 television adaption of the novel has to be pretty close to the top of the heap. It bastardizes one of the most poignant endings in a horror movie ever by having Carrie survive to become some kind of vigilante telekinetic super hero.
If the proposed television series would have materialized, they could have given her a costume complete with a tampon on the chest bent in the shape of a “C”.
In honor of the new Carrie, you gotta check out one of the funniest things ever to make the Facebook rounds in recent history…a Brady Bunch/Carrie mashup that had me almost peeing my pants!