It was revealed last year that Leigh Janiak – who made her impressive directorial debut with horror mystery Honeymoon in 2014 – was to script a new take on ‘90s teen angst/witchcraft cult favourite The Craft. The project was reported to be a belated sequel as opposed to a remake, which was to focus on a new group of young women discovering their own unearthly powers. Working with Honeymoon writing partner Phil Graziadei, Janiak completed the script, but it now appears that Sony have brought in a new writer to rework it.
As reported by Tracking Board, Daniel Casey has been hired to rewrite the film, which Sony is now referring to as a remake. It is unknown how much of Janiak and Graziadei’s story will remain intact. Doug Wick will be producing the film alongside Lucy Fisher.
The 1996 original starred Robin Tunney as a teenager who, soon after changing to a new school, gets in with a group of outcasts and budding witches, played by Fairuza Balk, Rachel True and Neve Campbell, the latter of whom starred in Scream the same year. The Craft became a firm favourite with goths and teenage outsiders and, if done well, this “remake” could resonate with a new generation of young viewers as well as giving some warm-‘n-fuzzies to us thirty-something fans.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)