Kimberly Peirce: ‘Why Are We Growing Domestic Terrorists?’

Kimberly Peirce: ‘Why Are We Growing Domestic Terrorists?’, January 7, 2013

“You will know her name,” the poster for director Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie reboot promises… but it won’t be in March.

I spoke to Peirce one week after the Newtown, Conn., shootings about her adaptation of the 1974 Stephen King novel for a planned March feature in OUT. We discussed at length the possibility that Sony would bump Carrie’s release date, given how violently it ends and the possibility that maybe, maybe, maybe this time a mass shooting would be enough to spark serious, long-term change — rather than just another moment of hysteria followed by inaction.

In January it was announced they’d premiere the film in October instead, officially to take advantage of the Halloween market for supernatural thrillers. OUT will still run a longer featured profile about Peirce; in the meantime, we wanted to share some of her extremely smart and thoughtful responses about violence, escapism and the film.