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There's no shortage of reboots, remakes and re-imaginings coming down the Hollywood pipe at any given moment, but some modern updates of classic properties have us more excited than others. One of the most highly anticipated remakes on the horizon is the reboot of Andrew Fleming's The Craft, which has plodded through development hell for the last few years. Now it seems that we once again have plenty to get excited about because the remake of the supernatural thriller has just taken a significant step forward with the hiring of screenwriter Daniel Casey.
A new report from The Tracking Board confirms that The Craft remake has finally taken new steps towards getting off the ground. The project has hired scribe Daniel Casey (who worked on last year's 10 Cloverfield Lane) to rewrite the remake's original screenplay by Leigh Janiak -- who is still attached to the film as its director. Nailing Daniel Casey down to pen the script for The Craft remake is a significant moment for the highly anticipated reboot. Casey has become a major player in Hollywood for his work on the most recent Cloverfield film, and the knowledge that he will work on The Craft inspires quite a bit of confidence in the project. If he can bring the same levels of tension and raw character that he brought to Dan Trachtenberg's 2016 subterranean thriller, then we can rest easy knowing that the film is in excellent hands.
Despite the new faces entering The Craft universe, there are still quite a few elements of the original production slated to return as well. In particular, producer Doug Wick (who worked on the first film) is returning to help guide the project. If nothing else, this inspires quite a bit of hope that The Craft remake will feel like a bonafide spiritual successor to the original. After all, there's nothing worse than a remake that loses the spirit of the film that inspires it. I'm looking at you, Point Break.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the property, The Craft is a 1996 supernatural thriller starring Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True and Fairuza Balk. The film's story focuses on four teenage outcasts who turn to witchcraft for personal gain, only for their efforts to backfire in some spectacular ways. It became an unexpected box office hit when it debuted in May 1996, and it has since gone on to become a cult classic in the two decades since it first premiered. The Craft has in many ways served as an inspiration for many of today's supernatural coming of age films, and I think it's safe to say that many fans will be glad to see it return to the big screen after such a long absence.
We will bring you more information related to the highly anticipated remake of The Craft as new details related to the project become available to us. The film is currently in development at Sony. If you're on the lookout for more information about the rest of this year's biggest theatrical debuts, make sure to take a look at our comprehensive movie premiere guide and fill out your moviegoing calendars accordingly!