The Craft is making a return – but don’t you go thinking it’s a remake

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In a sentence that’s about to make us feel really old, iconic film The Craft, in which a group of outcast teenage girls practice witchcraft, is 20 years old. And now it’s been announced that the grungy 1996 hit is set to make a return, however, rather than just jump on the remake bandwagon, the makers insist it’s more of a sequel, rather than a remake.

Speaking to HitFix, producer Douglas Wick said: ‘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.’

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Honeymoon director, Leigh Janiak is down to co-write and direct, and Douglas – who produced the original film – explained the direction she plans to take The Craft in.

‘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.’

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Rachel True who played Rochelle in the original loves the idea of a sequel and reckons that Divergent and Mad Max: Fury Road star Zoe Kravitz (yes, Lenny’s daughter) should play Rochelle.

‘I used to babysit her and I used to make her run lines with me,’ she said. ‘Literally, I remember making six year old, five year old Zoe, like, “Here, read this! Read this with me, I have an audition.” So I would love to see her play — I think she has the sensibilities to play that part.’

Yuh. This is all way too exciting.

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