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Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie was set for March, where it could have pulled in some strong box office, but a release later in the year – say around Halloween – would make more sense since it’s, you know, a remake of a horror classic.
Box Office Mojo has it that Peirce’s film will now bow on October 18, 2013. Carrie will debut alongside Jean-Luc Besson’s crime comedy Malavita and The Seventh Son, which is yet another attempt to cash in on a fantasy book series targeted at younger audiences. The film would have competed against The Call, a thriller with Halle Berry, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a comedy starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, had it stayed with its initial release date.
Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore play the title ostracized telekinetic and her crazy, overly religious mother this time around. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie took on those characters in Brian De Palma’s 1976 film, earning Oscar nods for their performances.
But let’s chalk this up as a holiday-oriented date change instead of an awards-oriented one. After all, the promos for it thus far suggest “OMG” in a text more than they do “FYC” in a trade ad.