Witches have been regaining their popularity on the big and small screen alike, with shows like American Horror Story: Coven and Salem drawing in big ratings and movies like Witching and Bitching and The Lords of Salem growing strong cult followings. Sony Pictures is ready to expand the playing field, hoping to cash in on this new found interest in the age-old genre. The studio is planning a remake of their own 1996 witch movie, The Craft. This new version will be helmed by up and coming horror director Leigh Janiak, who is also writing the screenplay.
Leigh Janiak will actually co-write the script with Phil Graziadei, the co-writer on her debut thriller Honeymoon. But it's not all new blood, as original producer Doug Wick will be back to once again produce, this time alongside newcomer Lucy Fisher. The original teen supernatural thriller starred Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True as a group of young witches at a Catholic school. Using their magic powers to fix their own personal problems, they soon discover that dark forces can be dangerous and have deadly consequences.
Leigh Janiak debuted Honeymoon at last year's SXSW film festival to much acclaim. The film was promptly picked up by Magnolia Pictures. She went onto follow that up by directing an episode of MTV's new Scream TV series, based on the classic horror movie franchise. Her plans for The Craft have not been revealed, and it isn't known how much it will deviate from the original story. Fingers crossed it will feature a Skeet Ulrich cameo!