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Some movies are best left as they were, no remake necessary or wanted.

And that’s exactly what’s happening with The Craft. Sony announced last May a remake of the 1996 cult classic about four teenage girls — Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Rochelle (Rachel True), and Sarah (Robin Tunney) — who form a coven at their Los Angeles Catholic prep high school, casting spells and using their powers on fellow classmates who’ve wronged them.

But that remake apparently isn’t a remake at all. Instead, the new movie, which has no actors attached or release date scheduled yet, will pick up 20 years later, according to Douglas Wick, producer of the original and upcoming movie.

“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,” he tells HitFix, “and how these young women come across this magic many years later.”

Leigh Janiak, who made her feature directorial debut with 2014’s Honeymoon, is working on the script with that movie’s co-writer, Phil Graziadei.

“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,” Wick explains. “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.”

Not such a weirdo idea at all.

Head over to HitFix for the full interview.

The Craft
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  • 101 minutes