Given that Brian De Palma’s 1976 Carrie is revered as a classic of horror cinema, it’s tough to avoid thinking of Kimberly Peirce‘s new version of Carrie as a remake. But strictly speaking, it’s not a rehash of De Palma’s version but rather a fresh interpretation of Stephen King‘s original 1974 novel. And Peirce and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa seem to be working hard to make the story their own.

The new Carrie will be set in the modern day rather than in the ’70s, and star Chloë Moretz has previously described it as “a more Black Swan version” of the story. So how will that translate onscreen, exactly? Check out the first pic of Moretz in costume and the new official synopsis after the jump.

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Today’s Sequel Bits is bursting with plot details — for Kick-Ass 2, Cloudy 2, and Curse of Chucky. There’s even a tidbit of info about what we might or might not see in Beetlejuice 2. After the jump:

  • Kick-Ass 2‘s plot involves mean girls and identity crises
  • Set videos reveal A Good Day to Die Hard footage
  • Child’s Play 6, a.k.a Curse of Chucky, headed straight to DVD
  • Seth Grahame-Smith plans to use Beetlejuice sparingly
  • Kristen Schaal joins Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers

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Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow had really better hope those talks with star Chloë Grace Moretz go well. In volume 2 of the comic book series by Mark Millar that inspired the movie, Moretz’s Hit-Girl character is somewhat sidelined because (this is a possible spoiler) she ultimately gives up her superhero persona. But Wadlow said over the weekend that he planned to make Hit-Girl, aka Mindy Macready, “a major, major part of the film,” and now we know exactly how major that is.

According to Millar, Kick-Ass 2 will open with 30 minutes centered on the Hit-Girl character before shifting focus back to the titular Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson). Read his comments after the jump.

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After years of talk, Kick-Ass 2 finally made some real progress earlier this month as Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) signed on to write and direct, and it’s now on track to shoot this year for a 2013 release date. At a Kapow! Comic Convention event, Wadlow spoke out about the sequel, even addressing the little matter of getting in-demand young star Chloë Grace Moretz back on board.

Hit the jump to read his comments and his status update on Moretz’ possible involvement — and while he gets that casting issue sorted out, check out some unused marketing materials from the first Kick-Ass film that could actually be cooler than the actual marketing materials that Lionsgate wound up using.

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If this collection of remake news bits is anything to go by, the ’70s and ’80s are back in full force. After the jump, the new Carrie dishes about Kimberly Peirce’s update, Ally Sheedy gets news of a WarGames remake, and Elijah Wood’s turn as a Maniac heads to Cannes.

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Plenty of young talents have attempted the leap from precocious child star to grown-up actor, with severely mixed results, but Chloe Grace Moretz seems to be having an easier time of it than most. Though she’s just 15, she’s already shown a facility for between family-friendly fare like Hugo and more mature entertainments like Let Me In and Kick-Ass over the last few years, and she’s lucky enough to have (apparently) skipped an awkward phase altogether. As far as I’m concerned, she doesn’t need to “prove” that she can transition into mature parts.

But that appears to be exactly what she’s doing in Derick Martini‘s Hick. Moretz plays a teenager who decides to ditch her neglectful parents in Nebraska and strike out for Vegas, meeting all sorts of interesting characters (played by Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, Rory Culkin, and Alec Baldwin) along the way. Watch the red-band (i.e., NSFW) trailer after the jump.

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Whether or not you think Stephen King‘s Carrie needs to be remade yet again, the latest incarnation of the ultimate outcast revenge tale continues chugging along. At least the project’s attracting some solid talent: Boys Don’t Cry helmer Kimberly Peirce is lined up to direct, with rising star Chloe Grace Moretz in the lead role. Now, with those two on board, the project is firming up its schedule and has announced a targeted spring 2013 release date. Read more after the jump.

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Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe aren’t the only former Harry Potter stars getting their post-Hogwarts careers on. After the jump, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton find new roles, along with Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley in this mostly British edition of Casting Bits.

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