The wonderfully mad mind behind one of last year’s very best indie horror offerings, Honeymoon, has been tapped to conjure a new take on 1996’s witchcraft classic The Craft. That’s right, rising director Leigh Janiak has been given the nod to reimagine Andrew Fleming’s sorcery-driven classic for Sony, who has hired Phil Graziadei to co-write the script alongside Janiak.
I’m actually all for this remake, but I will say this, I hope there isn’t a new trend going around to remake horror films from the 90s because those were some dark days, my friends. One trend I can get behind, however, is big studios like Sony giving little directors a shot at projects like this. We’re seeing it with the upcoming remake of The Crow (Corin Hardy) as well as Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow), and we’ve already seen glowing examples of this with films like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla and the recent remake of Evil Dead. Janiak’s debut film was all about tension and building a couple of characters that are tragically torn apart, which are both perfect building blocks for a film like The Craft. This outta be a good one, folks.
The original film , directed by Andrew Fleming, starred Robin Tunney…
…who arrives at a Catholic school and befriends a trio of wannabe witches, played by Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True. The trio turn out to be amateur practionners and welcome Tunney’s character, a natural, into their fold. When they use their magic to fix personal issues, they discover that dark forces aren’t something to trifle with.
While it’ll certainly be interesting to see how the new film shakes out, some old blood from the original is returning as Doug Wick, who was one of the film’s original producers, is back in the same capacity, this time producing with Lucy Fisher. We’re off to a great start on this one.
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