That is, until I read a NYT interview with director Kimberley Peirce. I knew nothing about her before reading that interview, and that is maybe because she has only two films out. But both deal with thorny issues that I'm particularly interested in, violence and gender. Apparently, she is going to deal with the iconic story in the same way:
I deal with misfits, with what power does to people, with humiliation and anger and violence. Like Brandon, Carrie has gone through life getting beaten up by everyone. She’s got no safe place. And then she finds telekinesis — her talent, her skill — and it becomes her refuge. And I thought, Wow, this is an opportunity to make a superhero-origin story. With her period comes the power. With adolescence comes sexuality, and with sexuality comes power.Now I'm sold, and really want to go see the new Carrie.