Time to conjure a fresh batch of teen angst, word on the street is a remake of The Craft (1996) has been pushed into production by none other than horror’s current top dog, Blumhouse.
Production Weekly included The Craft among last week’s edition, and Team Blum have confirmed Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid) has been tapped to direct. A remake set 20-years in the future was previously on the table back in 2015 with Leigh Janek on board to direct, but the futuristic plot and Janek are no longer attached to the project.
Here’s the current synopsis:
“A remake of the 1996 supernatural teen thriller. When starting at a new school, Hannah befriends Tabby, Lourdes, and Frankie & quickly becomes the fourth member of their Clique. Hannah soon learns that she somehow brings great power to the quartet.”
Notice those name changes? 1996’s The Craft was directed by Andrew Fleming, and starred Robin Tunney as new girl Sarah Bailey who befriends a group of wannabe-turned-not-so witches; Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell), and Rochelle (Rachel True).
The Craft remake will begin shooting this July. Jason Blum, Doug Wick (Divergent Saga), Lucy Fisher (Divergent Saga) are set to produce. The screenplay is being penned by Daniel Casey (Fast & Furious 9) and Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid), with Jones also in the director’s chair.
A die-hard fan of The Craft, I have to admit that I’m not keen on a remake. I will say I’m happy to see the “Twenty years in the future” dropped from the synopsis. Hopefully we also see some tweaking on those character names (I’m nitpicking. #sorrynotsorry).
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