Kimberly Peirce ('96) Reinvents a Horror Classic

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Kimberly Peirce ('95)
photo / Jasmine McGlade
Columbia Film Program alumna and award-winning director Kimberly Peirce ('96) will release a remake of the classic horror film Carrie this fall. Peirce previously directed Boys Don't Cry, which she co-wrote with Film Program faculty member Andy Bienen, and which earned Hilary Swank an Academy Award for Best Actress.
The original version of Carrie was directed by Brian De Palma and released in 1976—just two years after Stephen King had published it as his debut novel.
In an interview with The Advocate, Peirce talks about what interested her in the project and the similiarities she sees in her previous work. Peirce talks at length about the ways in which her own experiences help her identify with characters who are outcasts. Both Carrie and Brandon Teena (the lead character in Boys Don't Cry) are misfits"the person who wants to be accepted and be normal," she says.
The title role in Peirce's Carrie will be played by Chloë Grace Moretz. Her mother, a fundamentalist Christian, will be played by Julianne Moore.
Peirce was awarded a career achievement award in July at Outfest 2013.
Carrie opens in theaters October 18th.

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