Stephen King's Carrie, and How the Movie Adaptions All Seem to Miss the Point
Stephen King's book, which was first published in 1974, has been adapted before. Brian De Palma directed the first and best remember version back in 1976. That film would later get a very loose sequel of sorts called The Rage: Carrie 2 in 1999. NBC also produced a made-for-television adaptation in 2002 intending for it to be a pilot for an ongoing series. But due to low ratings the series never came to be.
Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) is directing the new PG-13 adaptation. Toronto's Northern Secondary (High) School, Toronto Pinewood Studios and nearby the town of Newmarket are all standing in for the movie's setting of Chamberlain, Maine. No word yet on whether or not Carrie wipes out the town after the prom. The film co-stars Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday and Ansel Elgort. MGM and Screen Gems are producing and distributing the film.
Photo of "Carrie" Promotional banner displayed at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.