The Craft is one of the most beloved horror movies, teen movies, girl power movies, and plenty more besides, of all time. It’ll take a brave woman to tackle the material for a modern audience but, as with everything else deemed sacred, a remake is indeed on the way. And at least one of the all-important leads has (almost) been cast.
Variety reports that young Cailee Spaeny, who impressed in Pacific Rim: Uprising as a tough little upstart, in Bad Times at the El Royale as Dakota Johnson’s deranged sister, and as the political activist daughter of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On The Basis of Sex, is in talks to appear. It’s not clear yet which character she could be playing, but it’s likely to be the lead role occupied by Robin Tunney in the original 1996 movie (who could possibly be brave enough to take on the Fairuza Balk role?).
Sony Pictures is handling the flick, alongside Blumhouse (yay) and Red Wagon Entertainment. Tunney starred in the original as Sarah, a shy newcomer to a high school ruled by a trio of terrifyingly cool women (played by Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True), who subsequently form a powerful coven. The Craft, which banked $55 million at the box office from a $15 million budget, has become a cult favorite among horror fans — particularly women who grew up with it.
Thankfully, in keeping with the movie’s female-focused aesthetic, a woman has indeed been chosen to helm, with Life In Pieces star Zoe Lister-Jones tapped to write and direct the remake. Original producer Doug Wick is on hand along with partner Lucy Fisher, both of Red Wagon. The movie is due to begin filming in July.
Stay tuned to Wicked Horror for more info as it becomes available.