The Craft casts its spell on Halloween, while Zac Efron heats up a new adaptation of Firestarter. Looks like there is no stopping Blumhouse.
Blumhouse is savvy in how they match their talent to a given project. Indie directors like Sophia Takal (Always Shine) and Karyn Kusama (The Invitation) have been handed the reins to projects that court curiosity due to their involvement. Now another indie director, Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid) is taking on writing and directing duties for a new rendition of The Craft.
Via Twitter, co-star David Duchovny revealed that the film’s proper title would be The Craft: Legacy, and be released to VOD on October 28 – just in time for everyone’s Halloween festivities.
Accompanying this news was the reveal of the first trailer for the film. Consistent with current trailer trends, it contains fresh young faces, is scored to a cover of a familiar pop song and throws some winks at its predecessor (Fairuza Balk cameos in a photograph; the quotation of “we are the weirdos”). I haven’t seen the 1996 original since the VHS days (when I was a disenfranchised high-schooler myself), but it may be time to give it another spin in preparation for this new take.
On the subject of reboots, more details have emerged on Blumhouse’s forthcoming update of Stephen King’s Firestarter.
Per Deadline, Zac Efron has joined the cast in a heretofore unknown role, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Andrew McGee, father to Charlie, the titular pyrokinetic child (played by Drew Barrymore in the 1984 original).
While Firestarter represents a gap in my King reading, I will be curious to see how this new version fares. I remember watching bits and pieces of the ’84 film on cable as a preteen, and being impressed by the very real pyrotechnics used to depict Charlie’s gift. With many modern films resorting to CGI as a cost- and time-saving necessity, fire is still the one thing that tends to look fake unless the production has a $200 million budget.
I suppose curiosity will get the better of me when the film is released in the indeterminate future. After all, these are “burning” questions…
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