As big fans of 90s teen witch film ‘The Craft,’ we were a little bummed to hear that Hollywood has decided to toss it into the remake ring…but thankfully our fears have somewhat been assuaged.
Producer Doug Wick says that the new ‘Craft’ isn’t a remake, but a sequel!
“I wouldn’t say that we wouldn’t so much call it a remake as a ‘twenty years later,'” Wick told us during an interview for the 20th anniversary of the seminal teen classic. He continued 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.”
Wick, who also produced the original film, additionally gave us a sense of the specific angle that Janiak (Honeymoon) and her co-writer Phil Graziedi are bringing to the update, which was first reported last May:
“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,” he continued. “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.”
In addition to Wick, we also spoke with original star Rachel True and director Andrew Fleming about the developing remake/indirect sequel (if you haven’t already, please check out our special video piece on the original film’s 20th anniversary above), and while both expressed support for the project — “I’m like, hey, go for it,” Fleming told us — True has some reservations about the idea.
“I’m kind of over remakes in general, but I also want to be supportive,” she said. “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?”
If Rachel True is onboard, we’re totally onboard with it.