Why the Carrie remake was delayed


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.


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23 thoughts on “Why the Carrie remake was delayed

  1. I’m all for remakes. The old so called “Classics” come across very dated to me nowadays. I usually find it refreshing to see them redone in modern-day style. They all have at least a good story! Although not an original one…

    1. Yea, that’s the one great thing is that they have the ability to make the film look as good as possible these days. That’s not always the case tho but when they do them right it’s pretty awesome.

      1. I wonder why they are called “remakes” in the movie world and in the music world “covers”…

  2. I’m actually looking forward to the remake. It’ll be interesting to see a new take on it, especially if it’s not as Psycho influenced as the original. And I’m just about to start reading the novel (I know, I know, should have read it years ago!) so I’ll at least be able to compare how the classic and the remake match up to it. Nice to know they’re aiming to make it a bit more intense, too.

    1. It’s nice to finally hear someone a bit more optimistic about this one! The novel is great, I’m excited to see how the remake turns out because it’s supposed to be a much more faithful take on the novel than the original film. We’ll see!

  3. The fact that Moore is in it makes it promising for me. However, I’m not sure the style and interpretation of the original film can be beaten or improved upon too much.

    1. Exactly, I’m in this for Moore and Moretz, both should be fun to watch in this. I really don’t think it will be much like the original other than a few nods to De Palma’s original. Supposedly it’s sticking more with the novel so I’d expect to see some interviews with survivors and witnesses as well as some found footage elements. I could be totally wrong but we’ll seeeee.

      1. It’s a great book and one of the few short King novels so it’s a pretty quick read. Definitely check it out!

  4. Cheers for posting man. The logic behind the small reshoots sounds logical. But 7 months is a hell of a long time. Dunno that inserting a few extra scenes should really cause that much of a delay. Having said that, I am pretty psyched for this. Moore and Moretz I both like. I also love the book and like (but don’t love) the original film.

    1. You’re right about that and it actually crossed my mind about why it would take so long for a couple of scenes. My guess is because of scheduling issues with the actors but who knows. Hopefully it will all be worth it in the end!

    2. Ahum… I think i owe you an explanation… I must admit that i went to see those humans and told them that if they wouldn’t convert their movie into 3D, i would eat them alive. Like or love it or not, there it is. THAT’S why it takes so long. Deal with it! 😐

  5. I’m keeping my fingers crossed with this movie. I loved the book and the original and I’m interested to see what direction they’ve taken with this remake. The trailer looked pretty good I thought.

  6. I have to dissagree with you guys – I am not for remakes. Was the original film in Black and White? No. Has there been advancements in special fx that will make a remake more impressive or believable? No, not for this style of movie. Was it a low budget film that could benefit from a bigger budget? No. There is no reason for this film to be remade.

      1. To be honest, i had so many reasons why this film must be made written down, that when i tried to post them my phone went dead because it couldn’t handle it all. So then i though d*rn it all and d*rn that movie too! (Sorry for the bad language people!) 😐

    1. Those are all great points man and typically when a remake is made for those exact reasons they turn out the best out of all the others. I’m just notoriously optimistic i guess! I like to give the film a chance whether the remake is warranted or not. At the end of the day I just want to see a good horror flick!

      1. Yeah! You convinced me! Go Carrie go! 😐 (And Chloe Moretz is a bit more easier on the eyes than Sissy Spacek i think… )

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