We’re only a few days into 2013 and we’ve already got our first major delay of the year. Sony announced this week that they will be pushing Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Carrie back from March 15th all the way to Oct. 18th. To fill the gap in their release schedule, they have moved up Brad Anderson’s new thriller The Call (formerly known as The Hive) starring Halle Berry to take its place. I don’t know if anyone will be all that upset about this move, but horror flicks do seem to play better in October for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, it also means that our upcoming Stephen King premium podcast will have to be pushed back to October as well!
No specific reason was given for the seven-month delay, but the most obvious explanation seems to be that they wanted more time to finish the special effects. The teaser trailer for the film hinted at a lot more carnage than the original, so it will be interesting to see if the movie follows through on that. Unfortunately, shifting to an October release also means that the movie will have a lot more competition.
Back in March, it was only going up against the Steve Carell comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with The Last Exorcism Part II being the only other real horror movie that month. Now Carrie will face off against The Seventh Son (another supernatural flick starring Julianne Moore) and it is surrounded by Haunts and Paranormal Activity 5, not to mention Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End. Are you disappointed by this delay or do you think it could actually benefit the film?