Sony Pictures has been looking to invoke the spirit since they set Honeymoon co-writer/director Leigh Janiak to direct a new The Craft movie back in May of 2015. About one year later, it was revealed that the new movie would be more of a sequel than a remake of the beloved 1996 coming-of-age film about surviving high school, discovering yourself, making new friends... and performing witchcraft with them. Although it's been a while since we've heard any news updates on the new Craft movie, it's now being reported that a new writer has come aboard the project.
According to The Tracking Board, Daniel Casey has been hired by Sony to do rewrites on the script for the new Craft movie, which was written by Janiak with Honeymoon co-writer Phil Graziadei. Casey is reportedly also working on Fede Alvarez's adaptation of the comic book series Incognito and previously did some rewrites on 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Returning to produce the new Craft film (this time with Lucy Fisher) is Doug Wick, who handled the same duty on the 1996 film. When Wick spoke with HitFix in 2016, he made comments that implied that the new Craft movie will be more of a sequel than a remake, saying:
"I wouldn't say that we wouldn't so much call it a remake as a 'twenty years later.' There will be callbacks to the original movie, so you will see there is a connection between what happened in the days of The Craft, and how these young women come across this magic many years later."
While talking with HitFix, Wick also touched on how the new film will somewhat mirror the original by following a group of women who discover more about themselves through magic—albeit in the present day:
"Here are some young women who once again discover the power of magic, and we explore their emotional lives, their wants, their fears, their longings, as they become empowered."
Released in 1996 with a cast that included Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, and Skeet Ulrich, Andrew Fleming's The Craft has garnered a cult following over the last two decades (in case you missed it, read Heather Wixson's insightful retrospective on the film). We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more information on the new movie is revealed.