Seriously, can Hollywood stop destroying our childhoods? Firstly they’ve completely butchered Jem and the Holograms, and now Sony Pictures is looking at doing a remake of the 1995 classic, The Craft. I just told my housemate and the look upon his face was of utter mortification. If he had botox it would have completely sagged.
The Hollywood Reporter had this to say:
“The Craft has bewitched Sony execs for a second time. The studio is remaking the 1996 supernatural teen thriller, tapping up-and-coming horror filmmaker Leigh Janiak to write and direct the new version. Janiak will co-write the script with Phil Graziadei, the co-scribe on her breakthrough movie Honeymoon. Doug Wick, who was The Craft’s original producers, is back in the same capacity, this time producing with Lucy Fisher. Fisher was vice chairman of Columbia when the first movie was made. The original starred Robin Tunney, who arrives at a Catholic school and befriends a trio of wannabe witches, played by Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True. The trio turn out to be amateur practitioners and welcome Tunney’s character, a natural, into their fold. When they use their magic to fix personal issues, they discover that dark forces aren’t something to trifle with. Andrew Fleming co-wrote and directed the movie. The news of a female director coming on board to direct a female-centric feature project is welcome news to Hollywood, as it breaks after the studios have come under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union for “systemic failure to hire women directors at all levels of the film and television industry.” Janiak’s hiring was already weeks in the works; the filmmaker impressed execs with her take on a female empowerment tale.”
This remake has the potential to take an excellent story and completely ruin it. I’ve always believed The Craft, Empire Records, Clueless, The Bodyguard and The Labyrinth should be left alone. They’re perfect and should not be touched. Not to mention they were influential movies of my childhood. If someone thing ain’t broke, don’t fix it. They’re perfect they way they are.
The cast that consisted of Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Rachel True and Neve Campbell were superb, recasting those roles just seem like a bad substitute. Whether we like it or not, Sony is going to go ahead and remake The Craft. I guess it’s inevitable, but the truth of the matter is, no matter how many remakes Hollywood will churn out, they will never beat the originals.
Relish in the goodness that is one of my favourite scenes from the film.
I will never get tired of watching the original.
What are your thoughts on the potential remake of The Craft?