Janiak was hired in May 2015 to direct an update of the 1996 supernatural thriller, as well as co-write the script with her Honeymoon partner Phil Graziadei. Casey’s hiring indicates that the studio is eager to get the remake off the ground.
Andrew Fleming co-wrote and directed The Craft, which starred Robin Tunney as a teenage girl who befriends a group of budding witches played by Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk and Rachel True. Meanwhile, Janiak reportedly impressed Sony execs with her take on the remake as a story of female empowerment.
Doug Wick, who produced the original Craft, is producing the new movie with Lucy Fisher, who was a high-ranking Columbia Pictures executive when the first film was made.
Casey has a lot of heat right now, and Sony is already working with him on Fede Alvarez’s Incognito. He did a rewrite on Bad Robot’s hit thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane and was recently hired by Fox 2000 and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps to adapt Larry Niven’s short story Inconstant Moon for director James Ponsoldt. Casey is represented by CAA and Writ Large.
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