25 things to know about the Carrie reboot from Collider.com

  • Kimberly Peirce didn’t want to think of the film as a remake, she saw it as an opportunity to do something different.  She wanted to really develop Chris as a villain.
  • The use of telekinesis in the film is much closer to the book, in that there is more of it.
  • When approaching the telekinetic powers, Peirce went through the script page by page and gave a number rating from 1-10 for the level of Carrie’s powers during the telekinesis sequences.
  • Peirce aimed to write an arc for Carrie’s powers, sort of like a superhero origin story.
  • They tried to do as much of the film’s effects practically as possible, but there’s also a mix of CG-created effects.  They blend the two in order to achieve some of the contortion shots necessary to show the affects of Carrie’s telekinetic powers.
  • They shot some of the post-conflict stuff that happens towards the end of the movie first, so that the visual effects team could get started early.
  • The visual effects team planned a lot of intricate sequences for some of the film’s deaths, including filming at 1000 frames-per-second and stopping time.
  • A couple of the deaths in the film are homages to specific character deaths in De Palma’s film.
  • When Peirce started collaborating with Moretz, she told her that she needed to set off a teenage rebellion in her life because the role of Carrie called for her to be a young adult.
  • Peirce took a page out of King’s book when it came to the film’s tone, as she wanted to balance the horror with humor.
  • When casting the film, producer Kevin Misher was looking for a group of young actors that were on the threshold of breaking out.
  • Their take on Margaret White is that, though she has a horrible methodology, she turns out to be right about everything she says to Carrie.
  • They had to adapt the Margaret White character for modern day, so instead of making her a simple religious fanatic, they made it clear that she’s almost made a religion of her own.
  • The aspiration from the beginning was to make a classic horror movie that has real characters and not just shock scares.
  • From the beginning, the studio was committed to making an R-rated movie.
  • The film is not a remake of De Palma’s movie. They went back to the book for the inspiration, and in turn made a new adaptation.
  • Moretz describes the film as a darker, more twisted version that focuses on the mother-daughter relationship.
  • Moretz visited homeless shelters in preparation for the role, in order to get to know people who had come from abusive relationships.
  • The producers communicated with Stephen King, but he didn’t actively consult on the movie.
  • The carnage in the new film is more intense and more widespread than it was in De Palma’s film.
  • There were updates made to the story in order to make it more contemporary.  Cell phones play a larger role in the film, as does social media.
  • Julianne Moore didn’t want to play Margaret White as simply a bible-thumping mother, she wanted it to be more substantial.  She went back to the book for inspiration in crafting her take on the character.
  • The characters are played as real high school students, so that brings some levity to the film.
  • Watching the bathroom scene being filmed made Judy Greer cry, and after she saw Chloe’s performance, she altered her take on Miss Desjardin to be a tad more sympathetic towards Carrie.
  • When we did the set visit, Greer was still arguing with Peirce and the producers about changing the fate of her character.


There's lots more about their visit to the set HERE

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