Today is the 21st Anniversary of The Craft, which hit theaters on this date back in 1996. The film was a hit and has amassed a tremendous cult following in the decades since its release. The Craft tapped into teenage angst in a film that was both a supernatural creeper and a send-up of established “mean girl” tropes. In many ways, the quartet of witches played by Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True were heroes of the downtrodden, no matter your gender.
So what’s up with the remake that was first announced back almost exactly a year ago today? As far as we can tell, absolutely nothing. Back in May 2016, we got the exciting new that the remake was actually a 20-year’s later sequel. Producer Douglas Wick (who also produced the original Craft) stated:
“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.” (Source)
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Back then, we were told that a script had been penned by Honeymoon scribe Leigh Janiak, who was also slated to direct The Craft 2.
The lack of updates on the status of The Craft 2 has me thinking the project hit a major brick wall. What do you think? Let’s discuss in the Comments section. And celebrate the Anniversary of The Craft by checking out the trailer, synopsis, and poster below.
Official Synopsis: After transferring to a Los Angeles high school, Sarah (Robin Tunney) finds that her telekinetic gift appeals to a group of three wannabe witches, who happen to be seeking a fourth member for their rituals. Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Rochelle (Rachel True) and Nancy (Fairuza Balk), like Sarah herself, all have troubled backgrounds, which combined with their nascent powers lead to dangerous consequences. When a minor spell causes a fellow student to lose her hair, the girls grow power-mad.