Trans actress Zoey Luna was among those cast to star in a remake/reboot/reimagining of the witching and bitching cult classic, The Craft. Casting Luna is about the only thing remotely interesting regarding this latest bit of Hollywood pop culture karaoke. Gideon Adlon (who?), Lovie Simone (huh?) and Cailee Spaeny (doesn’t ring a bell) round out the principal cast.
In the 1996 original, a newcomer (Robin Tunney) falls in with a group of high school misfits (Neve Campbell, Rachel True and the profoundly awesome, real-life Wiccan(!) Fairuza Balk) who form a coven and use their newfound witchy powers to settle scores.
Although it received mixed reviews, the modestly budgeted feature was a sleeper hit, proving to be a box office and home video success. Co-writer/director Andrew Fleming wrote a TV series pilot of The Craft for Fox, which wasn’t produced. The following year, Charmed debuted. In an interview with “Entertainment Weekly,” Tunney said, “Charmed is a rip-off of The Craft. It was completely obvious to the point that people would think that I was on Charmed for years after.”
The film has gained tremendous cult status over the years. Fan fiction, cosplay, Etsy merch and artwork have all sprung from the spellbinding source material. Several of the films’ most memorable moments have been made into memes.
Handling writing/directing duties will be Zoe Lister-Jones, whose only other film directing credit was the sparsely-seen indie dramedy Band Aid. Fleming will serve as an Executive Producer.
Luna, a transgender activist/actress, most recently appeared in the season finale of Pose. Other credits include the documentaries, 15 A Quinceanera Story and The T Word.
Blumhouse (The Purge, Ma) and Columbia Pictures are co-financing The Craft remake, which currently does not have a release date.