'Carrie' director Kimberly Peirce talks reboot, prom: 3 questions
Director Kimberly Peirce is ready to give audiences a scare with her contemporary remake of the horror classic "Carrie."
The film, a take on the Stephen King novel and 1976 film starring Sissy Spacek, stars Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role along with Julianne Moore, who plays Carrie's religious and sheltering mother in the film, in theaters Oct. 18.
Peirce, who previously helmed "Boys Don't Cry" -- that earned Hilary Swank an Oscar, and "Stop-Loss" talked to OTRC.com about directing the "Carrie," how technology was incorporated into this adaptation and about the iconic prom scene. Check out three questions with Peirce and watch the full interview above.
1. Your opening scene lets audiences know "be ready," right?
"I love that you love that opening scene. That was something I read in the book and the minute I read it I said, 'This has to be the opening of the movie.' I immediately talked to Julianne Moore about it and she loved it. She said, 'Do you really think we can do it?" And I went to the studio and they said, 'OK, we can do it' and it really was a dream come true."
2. You incorporate technology in the film in a way that is tragic ...
"That was really important to me and everyone working on the movie. Stephen King's novel is brilliant, great characters, it's timely, it's timeless. It's more relevant today than it was then and it really stands the test of time but no matter what, the world has changed."
"All of us in this room have a cell phone and we're probably going to check it in the next five minutes, so the real challenge in contemporary story telling is how often do you go to the cell phone? How much do you put it in there so you're still telling a great story but it's entirely in the modern world?"
"The other thing about a cell phone is most of the time, people are going to take a picture or they're going to record something. They record something, they're going to upload it. What happens if it's uploaded? It goes viral. So I think all of those things are a part of the fabric of modern storytelling and it was thrilling to be able to put it in."
3. Were there any scenes from the original where you said, "This stays no matter what?"
"I think Sue coming to the prom is really important and I'll tell you why. I think this is a wonderful, suspense horror thriller, and I think you want the audience fully engaged. I think it was really important that all those storylines, you've got this amazing girl Carrie White who wants love and acceptance, you've got her mother who wants her to be safe, you've got Sue who wants to get rid of guilt, you've got Chris who wants to get even with Carrie."
"It was important to me that the prom was everything that it could be, that it was an explosive moment. And that's been the thing that I've been satisfied in showing it to people. When they like the prom, it means that we've hopefully delivered them to something that was both anticipatory, they loved Carrie going, and they were also thinking, 'uh oh, it's all going to come crashing down.'"
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).