Back in January we learned that Kimberly Peirce’s upcoming re-imagining of Carrie was getting delayed an insane 7 months away from its original release date of March 15, 2013. Up until now it was a mystery as to why Sony decided to push the film to October 18th, 2013. Typically when a film gets such a massive delay it sends up a major red flag because it usually means trouble for a film. Is that the case with Carrie, or did they just go back to do a bit of tweaking?
Recently Chloe Moretz spoke with Fangoria about the reason for the delay and it turns out that they went back to do some reshoots to make the film “scarier and more intense.” Here’s what she had to say:
We actually prolonged the film, to be honest… We did some reshoots [in Toronto this past May], and added three extra scenes with Julianne [Moore, playing Carrie’s mother Margaret] and I to make the movie even deeper and darker. We prolonged a couple of scenes that needed to have an extra moment or an extra beat just to make it even deeper. It wasn’t about cutting anything out or trying to edit around things; it was about adding more to make the movie scarier and more intense.
While reshoots can sometimes spell disaster for a flick, it sounds like what they’ve done with Carrie is just enough to get the audience more engaged and to bring a higher level of intensity to the film — I can’t complain about that. There’s not a lot of hope amongst horror fans when it comes to Carrie, and rightfully so as most remakes tend to disappoint. The best we can do is hope for a solid re-imaging that sets itself apart from the original and brings a new level of terror to the old tale. And if it sucks? Well, the original isn’t going anywhere folks. As a big fan of Moretz and Julianne Moore I’m pretty excited to see how this one turns out. Time will tell, reshoots or not, this one has a tough hill to climb.