The 1996 cult horror favorite, The Craft, about a group of aspiring witches at a Catholic high school, will be remade under the direction of rising genre star Leigh Janiak, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Janiak will also co-write the script with Phil Graziadei, who helped her pen her 2014 breakthrough Honeymoon, about a couple — Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) — whose lakeside vacation turns frightfully strange.
The Craft was originally directed by Andrew Fleming and starred Robin Tunney as Sarah, a new student at a Catholic high school who falls in with a crowd of girls dabbling in the dark arts (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True). Sarah turns out to be a natural witch, but the group’s amateur sorcery proves disastrous when they try to use it to fix their personal problems.
Though Janiak is a relative newcomer to filmmaking — prior to Honeymoon she worked as an assistant to producer Kevin Misher — she reportedly impressed executives at Sony with her take on The Craft as a story of female empowerment. While The Craft will be her proper follow-up to Honeymoon, she also directed an episode of MTV’s upcoming TV adaptation of Scream.
Upon Honeymoon‘s wide release, Janiak spoke with Under the Radar about the film and what she learned from the production that will help her with future projects.
“Aside from being a little more cognizant of the production things that everyone warns you about, you’re just like, ‘It’s going to be fine’ — like night shoots and water — I just think knowing that you have to be confident in your vision,” she said. “When you’re in production and shooting, knowing that is your chance. There aren’t re-shoots on an indie movie, so you have got to get what you know you need to get, and not move on until you know that you’re ready.”