It is my sad duty to tell you that once again a film is being rebooted and this time around we’re going to be getting a new take on ‘The Craft’ by Sony. While I’ll admit that this 1996 film holds a special place in my heart, it would seem that writer and director Leigh Janiak (‘Honeymoon,’ ‘Europa Report’) feels that she has a better idea of how the movie should have been made. As she was also involved in directing one of the episodes of MTV’s upcoming ‘Scream‘ series, it’s clear that she has no qualms on restarting existing properties.
Janiak be co-writing the script with Phil Graziadei who she had previously worked with on ‘Honeymoon.’ One name that is back from the original will be Doug Wick who had produced the film and is now returning in the role with Lucy Fisher who was the vice chairman of Columbia when the first one was released.
The original movie was written and directed by Andrew Fleming and followed Robin Tunney who recently transferred to a Catholic school and made friends with three witches played by Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True. The foursome ended up using magic to sort out all of what they felt were problems with their lives with rather varying degrees of success which tended to work against them in the long run. It was a well done film and one that doesn’t seem dated enough to need a new version, but apparently Janiak had impressed Sony’s executives with her new take on female empowerment.
While the deal has been in the works for awhile, it is especially good timing for Sony as the American Civil Liberties Union has recently criticized Hollywood for there being a “systemic failure to hire women directors at all levels of the film and television industry.” While I’m excited to see her doing another film after ‘Honeymoon,’ I just wish that she had been able to push forward with another original concept and not following Hollywood’s demand to reboot seemingly every horror themed or paranormal movie that ever made a dime.
What are your thoughts on ‘The Craft’ being redone? Are you excited or is this just another film that really should have been left well enough alone? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter