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The Craft reboot is officially happening

The 90s cult classic has been summoned

There’s been rumours swirling for years about a remake of witchy 90s fave The Craft. Now it seems to be really, truly in the works.

Production Weekly shared a listing of the reported reboot, highlight some of the crew involved, a shooting start date of July, and basic synopsis.

“A remake of the 1996 supernatural teen thriller,” the synopsis reads. “When starting at a new school, Hannah befriends Tabby, Lourdes, and Frankie & quickly becomes the fourth member of their clique. Hannah soon learns that she somehow brings great power to the quartet.”

The most significant change to glean from this basic info is that the names of the main young women have changed. What was once Sarah, Nancy, Bonnie, and Rochelle are now Hannah, Tabby, Lourdes, and Frankie. 

Blumhouse Productions – the production company behind the Halloween sequel, BlacKkKlansman, and Get Out – are at the helm. Zoe Lister-Jones is set to direct, following her lauded directorial debut Band Aid in 2017. Bringing Lister-Jones on board seems like a positive move, given that Band Aid was celebrated for its compassionate view of complex relationships and vulnerabilities with a blistering sense of humour. At its heart and past the occult veneer, the original Craft film was about the raw, ravaging energy of teenage girls and their friendships, intricate social hierarchies and the allure of power. It’s also cool to note that Lister-Jones’ Band Aid was made by an all-women team – the original Craft was written and directed by men.

Robin Tunney, who played social misfit Sarah in the original film, has spoken in the past about sequels and remakes. “I feel like in order to make it seem culturally relevant, they need to do something (new) and do it quite well. They just can't pick it up where it left off and it's all of our kids or something," she said. 

“Generations of people have watched it. It's the idea of somebody just trying to monetise that and not caring if it's good or not would be sad. I would love to do it if I thought it was going to be cool. I'm so proud of the fact that I was in a movie that has been loved by so many generations of people and watched at so many sleepovers. It's an honour.” 

Back in 2016, news emerged that a sequel set 20 years later was in the works, with another director and a finished script about a new clique of girls discovering magic. It’s not clear whether that script has been attached to this upcoming film. 

There’s no main cast announcements just yet either. The 1996 original starred Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, and Rachel True.

In the mean time, read back on some of the fascinating occult history in the fashion choices of the original Craft film.