Filming for the The Craft Remake is scheduled to begin in July, and the movie has found its lead in Cailee Spaeny. The project is financed by Columbia Pictures and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse, with Blum producing with Red Wagon Entertainment’s Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher. Lucas Wiesendanger, also of Red Wagon, is executive producing, along with the original movie’s director Andrew Fleming. Actress Zoe Lister-Jones (New Girl) has also been tapped to write and direct the upcoming picture, presenting a modern take on the 1996 classic.
In The Craft, the plot will focus on high school outcast Hannah looking for her place in life. Things quickly change when she befriends three eccentric women, as the four start dabbling in witchcraft. As their powers grow, the negative repercussions that come with them begin to have devastating effects on their lives. In the original, the Hannah character was named Sarah Bailey, played by Robin Tunney (The Mentalist). Joining Tunney in the cast were Neve Campbell (Scream), Fairuza Balk (American History X), and Rachel True (Better Things). No word yet on if any original cast members will be returning in any capacity.
Remake star Cailee Spaeny is a relative newcomer to Hollywood, making her professional debut in the 2016 short film Counting to 1000. Last year, she could be seen in many major movie roles, including Pacific Rim: Uprising with John Boyega and Scott Eastwood, Bad Times at the El Royale with Jeff Bridges and Chris Hemsworth, On the Basis of Sex with Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer, and Vice with Christian Bale and Amy Adams. In addition to soon starring in The Craft, Spaeny will also be appearing in the TV mini-series Devs on FX, which follows a computer engineer investigating the disappearance of her boyfriend.
The Craft was a surprise hit when it was first released in theaters in 1996. Against a budget of $15 million, the movie wound up making over $55 million at the box office. Considering these profits, it’s unusual for Hollywood to never bring about a sequel, though it wasn’t for a lack of trying. In 2016, a sequel to The Craft was announced by Sony Pictures with Leigh Janiak (Scream: The TV Series) writing and directing. The announcement was mostly met with negative reception, causing an uproar with big fans of the original. Perhaps frightened by the complaints on social media, Sony abandoned the project, leading to Blumhouse picking up the reins this year. After reaching tremendous levels of success with Halloween, it appears Blumhouse is willing to roll the dice by bringing back other beloved horror classics as well.
Shooting for the remake of The Craft is set to begin next month, so other names should start getting added to the cast in the very near future. Nobody can replace the performances seen in the original, but maybe a modern take on the story will be just as enjoyable in its own right. No word yet on an official release date. This information comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.