Nostalgia ran high yesterday as horror fans celebrated the 20th anniversary of the seminal teen-centric horror movie The Craft. The film starred Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True as a quartet of witches who use their combined powers to turn the tables on hormone-addled boys and upset the social order at their high school. Of course, things get out of hand when the forces they conjure turn out to be too powerful for them to control.
Word of a The Craft remake began circulating last May. Yesterday, in an exclusive interview with HitFix, producer Douglas Wick revealed the remake is actually a direct sequel to 1996’s original.
“I wouldn’t say that we wouldn’t so much call it a remake as a twenty years later. There will be callbacks to the original movie, so you will see there is a connection between what happened in the days of The Craft, and how these young women come across this magic many years later.”
The Craft sequel is being helmed by Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak, who is also co-writing the script along with Phil Graziedi. Wick gave a rundown of what’s currently in the works:
“Here are some young women who once again discover the power of magic, and we explore their emotional lives, their wants, their fears, their longings, as they become empowered. So you know, the same way you use a war movie to explore the psyche of men, you get to create a heightened world to explore the psyche of these women. And so that seemed like an opportunity that was ripe and a way to make a movie that would be very much about now. And of course, part of that was just finding a talent that felt like enough of a real talent that you’d really be interested in her interpretation of this kind of story now, and of course Leigh is exactly that.”
No word yet on who is being cast in the sequel or when we can expect to see it, but we’ll keep you updated as details emerge.