‘The Craft’ remake/sequel is finally happening, and with a female writer-director at helm
The film marks the first Blumhouse feature directed by a woman
Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures are reviving The Craft, with Zoe Lister-Jones attached to write and direct, per Deadline.
The 1996 film is an indisputable cult hit and a landmark of feminism in horror cinema. Without ruining it for everyone, the film represented young women who didn’t fit the archetypal prim, proper, and submissive mold. It followed a newcomer (Robin Tunney) who finds herself in a summoning circle with a group of female outcasts who practice witchcraft.
The film sprung a plethora of other films that featured witches and that were built around female empowerment. This is particularly noteworthy because it came at a crucial time, back when the world was just gradually breaking down gender-role stereotypes.
Actress-writer-director Zoe Lister-Jones, famous for her work in Band-Aid, Breaking Upwards, and Lola Versus, among others, will be the first female to helm a Blumhouse picture.
Working as Executive Producers are Andrew Fleming (who directed and co-wrote the original 1996 film) and Lucas Wiesendanger, from Red Wagon Entertainment. Jason Blum, Lucy Fisher, and Douglas Wick are set to produce.
Wick told HitFlix back in 2016 (when the project was still with Sony) that the new film will be set 20 years after the original, but considering all the development that’s happened until now, who knows what form the film is currently in.