For those of you out there who were not in their peak slumber-party years in 1996 and therefore failed to celebrate with all the sage and crystals such an occasion demands, yesterday was the 20th anniversary of The Craft. And as The A.V. Club’s Sinead Stubbins points out in her essay about the film, over those past two decades The Craft has acquired a cult following thanks to its themes of magic(k)al sisterhood and getting revenge on bitchy racists who make fun of your hair, both highly relatable teen-girl fantasies.
As such, members of said cult are more than a little nervous about the remake of the film that was first proposed last year. But, like Manon bestowing favor upon his loyal followers, producer Douglas Wick has come forward in a new interview with HitFix to say that not only is the purported remake really more like a sequel, it’s going to have a shitload of fan service. “I wouldn’t say that we wouldn’t so much call it a remake as a ‘20 years later,’” Wick says, adding, “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.”
Who will play the Rey to Fairuza Balk’s crazy-eyed Luke Skywalker remains to be seen. But Rachel True, who played Rochelle in the original film—although she’s “kind of over remakes in general—has an idea of who could take up her mantle. Namely, Mad Max:Fury Road’s Zoe Kravitz: “I used to babysit her and I used to make her run lines with me,” True says. “I think she has the sensibilities to play that part.” (She looks good in a velvet choker as well.) Honeymoon’s Leigh Janiak is set to write and direct the remake-sequel-whatever, which is currently in pre-production.