Carrie remake likely to be filmed in Toronto
Teen actress Chloe Moretz in negotiations for lead role
It's the movie that made a bucket of pig's blood famous— and it's about to have another go at the silver screen.
A remake of the 1976 classic supernatural horror film Carrie will be likely filmed in Toronto, according to tweets from the young woman who says she has been offered the lead role.
The Hollywood Reporter reported Chloe Moretz is in negotiations for the role of Carrie, and the 15-year-old seemed to confirm the offer on her Twitter account.
"Never been so happy in my life! Thank you Kim Pierce and thank u MGM for the chance of a lifetime I will never forget!" Moretz tweeted.
"yes!!!! Here we come Toronto!! Thanks jammers!! [sic]" she wrote later. Her sister, actress Jamie King also tweeted her congratulations to her little sister, and also mentioned coming to Toronto.
The film centres on the story of Carrie, a psionic teenager who is severely bullied at school and abused by her God-fearing and unstable mother. The film builds up to the high school prom, which goes horribly awry when Carrie is publicly humiliated when a bucket of pig’s blood is dumped on her from the rafters.
The screenplay for the remake will be written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and directed by Kimberly Peirce, who directed Boys Don’t Cry. MGM is backing the film.
The original book was written by horror master Stephen King and the screen play by Lawrence D. Cohen. The film starred Sissy Spacek, introduced John Travolta to film and was directed by Brian De Palma.
There was a sequel in 1999 Carrie: Rage, and in 2002 NBC attempted to turn the book into a television series, but it was later dropped. There is currently an off-Broadway play currently on stage in New York.
There is no word yet on when filming will begin. The Toronto Star reports Julianne Moore and Jodie Foster are being considered for the role of Carrie’s mother, Margaret White.