The Craft Remake – What We Know

Posted on 13 June 2020
By Dana Andersen
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Teenage witches discovering themselves, and their powers, sounds like a sure hit now, but when The Craft was released in 1996, it was a surprise success. With the current slew of remakes and sequels hitting Hollywood, its no surprise that we can gear up ready for a remake of the cult favourite.

Filming for the remake wrapped back in February, meaning we can expect a release in Autumn 2020, the perfect Halloween movie, or early 2021. The reboot was announced in 2015, so it has been a long wait for fans. Produced by Jason Blum and Douglas Wick, who also produced the original, for Blumhouse Productions, this reimagining will follow the same plot as the original.

Originally starring Fairuza Balk, known for Return to Oz, Neve Campbell, of Scream fame, Rachel True, who starred in 1997’s Nowhere, and Robin Tunney, now well known from The Mentalist and Prison Break. The new coven of witches has been revealed to be Cailee Spaeny, previously seen in Bad Times at the El Royale, Gideon Adlon, who you may recognise from Netflix’s The Society, Lovie Simone, most known for her role in the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Greenleaf, and Zoey Luna, an up and coming actress.

Also announced, for undisclosed roles, are Michelle Monaghan, best known for her starring roles in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Gone Baby Gone, and Pixels, and David Duchovny, leading man of The X Files, Californication, Aquarius, and many others.

Douglas Wick has said he is ‘excited’ for the upcoming movie, and he is optimistic that fans of the original will be satisfied, while also providing new themes for a new generation to dive into.

Making it for a new generation brings up its own issues, Wick stated ‘It’s always challenging because I did The Craft so many years ago, and I started doing it because I just wanted to make a movie about teen-aged girls coming into their sexuality and as I was reading about it, I was reading that the age-old mythology for talking about female empowerment and fear of it was witchcraft. So then I started going to writers to try and do that.’

Seeing as The Craft tackled important topics, such a racism, self confidence, self esteem, peer pressure, bullying, and mental health, many fans are hoping to see the remake be considered as progressive as the original.

With Wick’s passion for the reboot, and a whole new generation of actors ready to breath life into the characters, perhaps the magic of the original will be able to be carried across.