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Leigh Janiak’s Remake of ‘The Craft’ is Getting a Rewrite

The Craft

Actually, it’s more of a sequel. Mostly.

We learned almost exactly one year ago that Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak’s “remake” of cult fave The Craft was set to be a 20-years-later sequel rather than a new take on the same story we already saw back in 1996; from what we gathered, it was to center on a new group of women discovering the power of magic. We can only assume that’s still the plan, but a new writer has just been brought aboard to work on the script.

Tracking Board reports today that Sony has hired Daniel Casey to rewrite Janiak’s The Craft, which they refer to as a remake. The previous version of the script was penned by Janiak and Phil Graziadei.

Doug Wick is producing with Lucy Fisher.

Andrew Fleming directed The Craft, which starred Robin Tunney as a teenage girl who befriends a group of budding witches played by Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk and Rachel True.



  • Graham

    I really like The Craft. I’m hopeful that this new film will be good! I think it’s better that it’s a sequel than a remake (and I’m really hoping that any or all of the original actresses will be involved in some capacity!)

    • theundead

      I hope it’s a remake

      • Saturn

        I disagree – if it’s a remake then we know how it will end already (it’s not as if the original is that old anyway), so I’d prefer a sequel/sidequel so that’s actually a point of me watching it!

        • theundead

          If it is a remake it won’t be shot for shot your acting like it will be

  • lupe

    I knew this would happen. The announcement of a new Craft, as well as Janiak to helm the project, came out during the public’s desire for more Woman directors. A lot of people assumed that’s why she was hired to fill that quota and were surprised when she got a lot of creative control. Now some two years later, that assumption seems to be the case. This comment was written in 2015: “speaking of Carrie. They hired Kimberly Peirce, a great director, to make it, then they took a lot of creativity from her and turned it into complete shit. I feel like that’s what they are going to do with Leigh Janiak. They’re like, “yeah, we’ll hire female directors, but we won’t give them the same abilities as male directors”

    • Saturn

      Hopefully you’re wrong.
      I look forward to a new Craft movie, which I hope will be a sequel, even if the characters from the original only have peripheral roles, or roles as mentors.

      • Matt

        I do hope at least some of the original characters are involved in some way. It would be a good tie-in.

  • Grimphantom
  • aFriendlyAgenda

    A useless movie

    But they had a full roster of hot babes to ignore all of its useless flaws

  • Forca84

    You guys think any of the original cast will be coming back? Fairuza Balk and Rachel True maybe. I don’t really see Robin Tunney or Neve Campbell coming back.

  • Vesuvian Villain

    I mean there’s really only one way to reboot this movie. It would probably need to be some kind of MCU style action packed extravaganza starring Tom Cruise. He could play all four witch girls.

  • Dr. Acula

    what happened to the first Craft? Lol

    • Kev Weldon

      It came out in 1996. What are you asking?

      • Boglin Boy

        it was a joke at the fact they are digging up obscure movies, they ran their course of remaking/doing 20 year sequel to all the main stuff now they digging up the less known stuff.

  • Nicolas Caiveau

    I see this as a “next generation” kind of sequel, with new witches, a same kind of story happens, except that they’ll meet Fairuza Balk in her asylum.

  • abyx34

    I loved the original…

  • Definitely loved the original! I always have high hopes for these next generation remakes, and I hope they treat it well and do good by us fans of the original.

  • Matt Graupman

    I LOVE “Honeymoon” so I was pretty excited to hear that Janiak was gonna be writing and directing this; “Honeymoon” is so well-crafted and subtle and creepy that I was really interested to see how that would translate to her version of “The Craft.” This news kinda sounds like the studio is getting a little skittish, though. I hope it doesn’t get dumbed down.

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