Kick-Ass star and current internet meme Chloë Moretz is on the short list to play Carrie in Kimberly Peirce’s (Boy’s Don’t Cry) upcoming remake of the film based on Stephen King’s popular book.
Remakes are not necessarily a bad thing, but Hollywood has been spewing them out so regularly that it’s giving them a bad name. Spider-Man is being “rebooted” only a brief few years after the last franchise’s third installment was in theaters. This wouldn’t be such a bad idea if they really wanted to take Spider-Man in a new direction, but the new Spider-Man is more about trying to cash in on the success of The Dark Knight by making Spider-Man darker and edgier than rebooting the series. Spider-Man is not a dark menacing comic book character. He’s more Robert Downey’s Tony Stark than he is Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne. I’ll pass on the emo version of Spider-Man and on pointless remakes any day.
There are several good reasons to remake a movie or TV series. Maybe the original is so outdated that it will benefit from current special effects and large production values, for example. Or if the original had a great concept, but it was poorly executed. Or a movie has been made so many times, in so many ways, it just doesn’t matter, like Dracula. Remaking a film for the sole purpose of cashing in on a brand name (See: A Nightmare on Elm Street) is pointless and irritating in my book. If the newer version isn’t adding something to, or taking the story in a new direction, what’s the point? I don’t need to see the same film with new actors, I can watch the original.
And that brings us back to Carrie… There have been A LOT of Stephen King adaptations, and while I didn’t do the math, I think it’s safe to say that the majority of the films have sucked. Brian De Palma’s Carrie is one of the few great Stephen King movies, and therefore it needs no remake. I don’t even want to discuss the 2002 made for TV Carrie remake, it’s just insulting. But I’m over crying about unnecessary “re-imaginings”. It’s like whining over Democrats and Republicans, we’re stuck with them and Americans are not going to change. Carrie will be remade, and it will probably make a ton of money.
Casting Chloë Moretz as Carrie is a step in the right direction for one reason… She’s 15-years-old and she looks 15-years-old. The other name on director Kim Peirce’s list is the 22-year-old Haley Bennett. I miss the days where teens looked like teens in horror movies. I know some older horror films get a bad wrap for casting adults as teens, but that isn’t the whole truth. The chick from Tobe Hooper’s Funhouse was a teen when she played Elizabeth Berridge, and Jill Schoelen looked like a teen for most of her career. Haley Bennett looks like a 22-year-old who should be on 90210.
I’m not sure who else Peirce has in mind for the rest of the cast, but hopefully her Carrie remake separates itself from and does justice to De Palma’s Carrie, and that it doesn’t turn out to be like The Roomate, with 30-year-olds playing young college students.