Director Kimberly Peirce may seem like a strange pick to direct Carrie, but she’s no stranger to telling stories of physical and emotional torture. Her film Boys Don’t Cry deals with particularly shocking and brutal subject matter and imagery.
Peirce’s version of Carrie promises to be very faithful to Stephen King’s book, more so than the Brian DePalma's which took some liberties with character names, story and most notably, the ending. Peirce assures fans that any additions or updates make sense within the framework of the story and for the characters. She focusses quite a bit on Carrie’s relationship with her obsessive mother Margaret White and uber-bully Chris, bringing in new levels of torment to these specific plotlines.
“ … there's Chris, which I really tried to amplify,” Peirce told FEARnet at New York Comic Con. “ Not only does Chris feel OK that she did this to Carrie, as people take up Carrie's cause—the gym teacher and Sue—it aggravates Chris and it drives Chris to higher and higher levels of destruction.”
As fans familiar with the story know, Chris gets her comeuppance in a majorly bloody way. Peirce spilled a few details about those final, devastating minutes at the prom and for Chris.
“ … what happens to people at the prom, again while maintaining sympathy for Carrie, has a level of gruesomeness. I think Chris's death is something I'm very proud of. It's a whole new section I wrote in there. It's based on the book, but I kind of took it farther because what I love is Carrie thinks that Chris is her antagonist, and Chris is her antagonist in many ways. Chris sets up the whole humiliation and Carrie—and this is in the book—she kills Chris. But I really kind of beated that out and helped enjoy it,” she said.
“ I am really proud of Chris's demise, Very proud. Let's just say it has a car, it has a window, it has some TK stuff in it, it's pretty exciting. But then what I love about the story is at the end, Carrie thinks Chris is the antagonist but like good classic movies, it's somebody else. It's the laying in wait moment.”
There will also be a new twist to Julianne Moore’s version of the bible-thumping, control freak Margaret White.
“I definitely think Margaret's relationship with herself is going to cause some chills. It was a wonderful thing that Julianne really believes strongly in: That this is how this woman would deal with herself. There's a level of self-abuse that Margaret enjoys, that we all love, and I scream with laughter because I love it.” Peirce said.
Some of the SFX used in the gym scene is based on images of contorted body parts and broken bones, but Peirce was unable to give specifics about what that will mean visually.
“That I can't talk about because we're still doing it right now, but I can say the effort was to show you something you haven't seen before and to show you her powers have an impact that's unusual and classic horror,” she said.
Carrie is set for release on March 15, 2013. Watch a recap of the panel at New York Comic Con.