Last year we heard that ‘The Craft‘ was being remade but now it sounds like the film will actually be a sequel. The 20th anniversary of the theatrical release was earlier this week and with it, we found out that producer Douglas Wick had some great news to share with fans of the original movie. He officially announced that this version of ‘The Craft” wouldn’t be a remake after all. Looks like they took things to heart when Fairuza Balk felt that she didn’t care for a remake and we completely agree with her!
That being said, it does appear that we’ll be seeing some form of a reboot of the franchise that still keeps it in continuity with a new set of leading ladies. So it takes place in the same world, possibly with some of the same actors, but we have a new generation of witches who will be in the spotlight.
According to Wick:
“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.”
I’m expecting we’ll be seeing daughters of one or multiple of the girls who will be involved and at least one of the classic characters will make an appearance if not a couple of them. Sadly I doubt we’ll see Balk’s character returning in any form unless they find a way to bring her back as the villain in a vengeful spirit form.
Personally with how well she plays evil I’ve been hoping that someone would give her a starring villain role for years and while this seems like it could be a perfect outlet for it, I have a feeling it is unlikely to happen.
So what will we be seeing when the movie hits the big screen?
“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.”
Leigh Janiak, of course, will be the director of the upcoming film which she is co-writing with Phil Graziedi. If we do see a returning actress it sounds like Rachel True’s Rochelle won’t be the one to come back:
“I’m kind of over remakes in general, but I also want to be supportive. If they think it’s a good idea, Sony, to remake it, then they should, and it’ll probably be awesome. But I just feel like, why not do another witch movie? Like, I’d love to see what the girls are up to now that they’re women, because I think that women are super powerful as well. They’re in — we’re in our sexuality. We own it, as opposed to girls who are a little shy about it. So I would love to see what the same group of women are up to now.”
Apparently, passing the torch to a new set of younger women doesn’t seem to be on the top of her list.
Are you happy to hear that ‘The Craft’ will actually be a sequel of sorts? Do you think that they’ll be able to conjure any of the original cast members back for the follow up? Share your thoughts below!
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