MGM Formally Offers Lead Remake Of Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ To Chloe Moretz

Chloe Moretz CarrieBREAKING: After meeting and reading a group of young actresses for Carrie, MGM, Screen Gems and director Kim Peirce have made their decision and made the formal offer today to Chloe Moretz. If negotiations work out, she’ll play the title role in the remake of the Brian DePalma original that was based on the 1974 Stephen King bestseller. She’s expected to play the shy high school student Carrie White, who is raised by a nightmarish religious fanatic mother, and comes to grip with devastating telepathic powers just as she reaches puberty. She eventually uses those gifts for lethal means when fellow classmates use the prom as an excuse to humiliate her before the entire school in a parable about bullying. Sissy Spacek played the character in the first movie, with Piper Laurie playing her mother, and Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, Betty Buckley and William Katt rounding out the cast. Both Spacek and Laurie got Oscar nominations for their work in the 1976 film.

Carrie Stephen KingThe studio and Peirce have been meeting with actresses for the past two weeks. Word all along was that while other names were circulating, Peirce and the studio had an eye on Moretz. The studio denied it at the time, but what actually happened is, Moretz didn’t meet with Peirce until last weekend. She got the job immediately. Moretz, who first came on with performances in Kick-Ass, (500) Days Of Summer and Let Me In, is at the top of the crop of young actresses. Coming off Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, her next major film is the Tim Burton-directed Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp. She’s repped by WME and 3 Arts. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wrote the script and Kevin Misher’s producing.

Insiders said that once they make Moretz’s deal, they will focus on landing the psycho mom and supporting cast and they will shoot this year.

Comments (164)

  • Still don’t know why we need another CARRIE, (was the musical not enough?) but if they’re going to do it, at least they picked the right girl for the job. Chloe is on fire, and if she keeps it up will be the #1 leading lady for decades to come.

    Comment by Bored — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 9:41am PDT  
    • The original is the best!! Why not do an updated version of it….Im sure it could be based on the original but depict it with new age ways to bully such as videos, texts etc…..just saying.

      Comment by Melissa — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 10:44am PDT  
      • Doesn’t the 2002 made-for-tv version counts? and the sequel to the original one?

        Comment by Leonardo — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 1:07pm PDT  
    • Agree… Chloe M. has some very nice acting chops. As does my #1 Saoirse Ronan. They both are “In the Zone.”

      I agree Amy Irving would be perfect for the mother. At her are should could cover the Piper L. part…How perfect!

      If your listening casting people I smell $$$ on the Amy Irving choice.

      Damn… I just LOVE Deadline “Go Nikki” great scoop!!

      Comment by Brenda Maxx — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 3:05pm PDT  
      • Amy Irving is a great Idea!!!

        Comment by Frank — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 8:50pm PDT  
  • If anyone is paying attention, how about Amy Irving as Carrie’s mom?

    Comment by No One Of Consequence — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 9:49am PDT  
    • Amy Irving can’t do it, because she was in the sequel, “The Rage: Carrie 2″ playing Sue Snell again, as an adult. It would be too weird to see her now play Margaret White.

      Comment by Mark — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 11:21am PDT  
      • I MUST AGREE WITH MARK ABOUT HIRING AMY IRVING ABOUT MARGARET WHITE. IT WOULD BE TOO STRANGE. IT WILL BE INTERESTED TO SEE HOW CLOSED THE NEW FILM WILL BE TO THE OLD ONE. GOOD LUCK TO THE FILM.

        Comment by charles david haskell — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 1:27pm PDT  
        • Looks like someone just discovered the wonders of CAPS lock…

          Comment by John — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 4:03pm PDT  
  • Meh. Just what we don’t need, yet another remake.

    Comment by fred — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 9:55am PDT  
  • Chloe is a good actress, but she needs to stay away from shit like this. It will only hurt her career.

    Comment by fred — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 9:57am PDT  
    • Yeah, because adaptations of Stephen King’s work have hurt so many careers, right?

      Stand By Me—Kiefer Sutherland
      The Shining—Jack Nicholson
      Carrie—Sissy Spacek (Oscar)
      Misery—Kathy Bates (Oscar)
      The Shawshank Redemption—Morgan Freeman (Oscar Nominee, Best Actor)
      The Stand—Gary Sinise (nominated, Screen Actors Guild)
      The Green Mile—Michael Clarke Duncan (Oscar nominee, Best Supporting Actor)

      Comment by Dodge — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 11:04am PDT  
      • And that remake of The Shining did WONDERS for Steven Weber!

        Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 11:42am PDT  
        • Chloe’s agent and team are very careful and particular about the quality of scripts that reach her; so I’m not worried. And please, don’t compare her to a B level actor.

          Comment by Dodge — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 12:43pm PDT  
          • Ew.

            Comment by Ew. — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 4:19pm PDT  
        • A TV movie, really?

          Not exactly the same thing here

          Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 2:02pm PDT  
          • Quite a few movies made from SK books are made for TV movies.

            Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 6:30pm PDT  
      • Funny, I don’t see any remakes in your list.

        Comment by fred — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 6:58pm PDT  
        • Funny, it’s called an adaptation…not a remake. Film 101: a remake is screenplay to screenplay; whereas an adaptation uses the source material (novel, graphic novel, etc) to write the story.

          Can you honestly say Christopher Nolan’s Batman is a ‘remake’ of Burton’s? Of course not.

          Comment by Dodge — Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 1:39am PDT  
          • No one called Batman remake either, it’s a reboot. Film 101 Dodge: A remake is based on the same storyline (ie Amityville Horror). A reboot is same characters/different story (ie this pointless Spider-Man reboot)Your comparison to what the other poster said makes no sense. You are trying to say the first film was not an adaptation of the book. As much as you want to say this isn’t a remake, it is. I usually still want to see them, but this looks pointless.

            Comment by Nightwing — Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 10:13am PDT  
      • Sissy spacek didn’t win her Oscar for Carrie….She won it for The coal miners daughter.

        Incidentally…where is Sissy now?

        Comment by GavinJ — Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 3:46am PDT  
        • Sissy won a Screen Actors Guild award earlier this year, as part of the ensemble cast of “The Help”. I’d love to see her play Margaret White!

          Comment by Bill Huelbig — Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 2:01pm PDT  
    • This script is really really great.
      you’re wrong- this won’t hurt her career, at all.

      Comment by shutup — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 12:04pm PDT  
    • I agree. There’s nothing to be gained for her going up against such an iconic horror film. Of course most, if not all, of the remake’s target audience has never seen the original so what do we know.

      I’m also pretty sure that a lot of stuff in the original wouldn’t hold up today. The Piper Laurie/Sissy Spacek scenes might but the high school scenes would creak with age.

      Comment by Michael Zand — Tuesday April 3, 2012 @ 9:41am PDT  
  • She’s going to be amazing in this! She’s needed another role that doesn’t just typecast her as a little kid and bound the depth of character she can display. Can’t wait!

    BTW, as a fan of the movie House, I would love to see William Katt make a cameo appearance.

    Comment by Billy — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 10:01am PDT  
  • Top casting choice for Mrs. White:

    SEAN YOUNG

    Comment by CynicalCritic — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 10:07am PDT  
    • BRILLIANCE!

      Comment by scifi_fan — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 4:24pm PDT  
  • Chloe is great casting as she is brilliant,, how about Julianne Moore as Carries mother?

    Comment by irishoscarfan — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 10:09am PDT  
    • This is a great idea, which means it won’t happen.

      Comment by Joey — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 11:38am PDT  
    • She’d be great, but one of the other names I’ve heard mentioned for the Mom role is Jodie Foster, who I also think would be fantastic. There have already been a number of comparisons between Foster and Moretz, both physically and from their acting chops at such a young age. Yet Moore might be able play the crazy side a bit stronger. I don’t think they can go wrong with either.

      Comment by Rob — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 12:53pm PDT  
  • This kid is the best. Seriously.

    Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 10:12am PDT  
  • Fantastic choice! I hope the supporting cast all look like perfect little people who all walked off of CW TV shows — that way, when they start dying in horrible ways, it can also be an indictment of all these TV shows that portray teenagers as beautiful and confident while ignoring the awkward realities teens actually face. …Or just more fun to watch the mean people get what they deserve. Either way.

    Comment by Kat — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 10:14am PDT  
  • typecasting happens when someone play the same kind of character over and over again.

    but in chloe moretz case

    hit girl
    abbey
    Carrie
    Carolyn Stoddard?
    Isabelle

    these characters have little if anything in common

    Comment by tw — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 10:16am PDT  
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