The Hollywood Reporter is sharing that the 1996 cult classic The Craft will be getting a remake courtesy of Sony Pictures sometime next year. The studio has signed Honeymoon directer Leigh Janiak to write and direct this new version. On the heels of recent trailer upset from Jem and the Holograms and mixed reviews from Supergirl, can the nerd community take another hit? “By the power of three times three, make them see, make them see” – cast some spells with us after the jump!
It’s been a rough week for fangirls. The ghosts of Hasbro seemingly haunted the recent Jem and the Holograms trailer, with the internet backlash almost guaranteeing a direct-to-DVD release. Yesterday fans were divided by CBS’ Supergirl trailer featuring Melissa Benoist (who made a turn in last years Oscar darling, Whiplash). This morning news of a Craft remake just might be enough to send you over the edge, but we’re here to tell you this might actually be a good thing! Yes, Greg Berlanti (Supergirl) can do no wrong for the most part. Sure Jon Chu (Jem and the Holograms) has made some fun tween flicks. The catch though, they’re both older men who are sorta just recyling tropes about young women with power. That’s all fine and dandy, but as long as we’re painting with big strokes why not try a different approach?
Recently there has been a lot of discussion about why superhero films, or science fiction/fantasy tends to lack the presence of a strong female lead character. Yesterday news broke about Selma director Ava DuVernay as a contender for future Marvel products. The conversation is ripe, and the time is now. We here at Nerd Bastards often talk at length in email about what it would take to bring a female driven, female centric franchise to the forefront. Writer/Director Leigh Janiak, who made a splash at SXSW with her horror film Honeymoon, will endeavor to break that mold, or at least chip at it with her take on The Craft. Could this remake be what we’re all hoping for? Studio confidence is high with Janiak, as Doug Wick, The Craft’s original producer will be back co-producing with Lucy Fisher. These are good signs, people!
The original film starred Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True and Robin Tunney as Catholic school goth chicks who moonlit as a coven of witches. Things got a little hectic when they tampered with the forces of mother nature, driving some of them mad, and some of them angry. Aside from being utterly quotable, this film helped to define the tail end of Generation X, a group of misfit slackers who begrudgingly had to grow up and save the world while smoking cigarettes and drinking lattes.
Hail to the guardians of the watchtowers of Hollywood, show us your power! We pray to thee, we pray to thee. We invoke thee! Don’t let this remake suck!