Word came a year ago that a remake of Andrew Fleming’s cult 1996 teen supernatural thriller “The Craft” was in the works, this one with Leigh Janiak (“Honeymoon”) attached to direct and co-write with Phil Graziedi. Now, producer Douglas Wick explains to HitFix that it isn’t a remake or a direct sequel but rather a ‘continuation’:
“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.
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.”
Sadly it sounds like it won’t include any of the original characters. Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk and Rachel True starred in the 1996 film about a quartet of teenage girl outsiders who dabbled with black magic and end up suffering the consequences.