‘The Craft’ Reboot: Zoe Lister-Jones to Write and Direct Blumhouse’s Female-Centric Feature

IndieWire | 3/27/2019 | Staff
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Turns out, it doesn’t take magic to conjure up a talented female writer and director to lead a much-hyped remake. While Blumhouse head Jason Blum garnered some serious backlash in October of last year when he said it was difficult to hire female directors for his projects (comments he clarified and corrected the very next day), the horror super-producer has now hired a female filmmaker for a scary good reboot. Deadline reports that “Band Aid” filmmaker Zoe Lister-Jones will both write and direct Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures’ much-anticipated “The Craft” remake.

Based on the 1996 film that starred Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True as teen witches who use their powers to bolster their popularity and hit back at the bullies who have made their lives terrible, this new version appears to be building a very similar premise. Per its official synopsis, “When starting at a new school, Hannah befriends Tabby, Lourdes, and Frankie, and quickly becomes the fourth member of their Clique. Hannah soon learns that she somehow brings great power to the quartet.”

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