Last year Jason Blum was publicly scolded for the lack of female directors in Blumhouse’s current roster of talent, but at the time he owned up to these criticisms and promised to do better. Now this week he is finally making good on that promise by announcing the first Blumhouse project with a female director at the helm. The movie is a reboot of the 1996 supernatural thriller The Craft. The original starred Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True as a group of teenage witches taking revenge on the people who have wronged them. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Zoe Lister-Jones will write and direct The Craft for Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures. The project has been in development at Columbia for years with Leigh Janiak (Honeymoon) previously attached to direct but that was before Blumhouse got involved. Lister-Jones made her directorial debut in 2017 with Band Aid, which she starred in alongside Fred Armisen and Adam Pally.
The Craft may seem like an obvious choice for a female director, but there is certainly plenty of room to improve on the original. It is unclear what direction they will take but with Blumhouse it is possible they will push the horror elements even further. Coincidentally, the original film just recently received a new Blu-ray release courtesy of Shout! Factory. Are you interested in a new version of The Craft?