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Teenagers who secretly harness supernatural powers were all the rage in Hollywood in the late '90's. Buffy the Vampire Slayer cemented a cult following following its 1996 debut, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch was applauded throughout its seven year tenure and inspired a 2018 remake on Netflix. As if the magical fix had yet to be fulfilled, another cult classic will be returning to the spotlight, as a remake of The Craft is reportedly gearing up to hit the big screen.
The 1996 movie was centered on four private school outcasts who practice witchcraft and use their unique skills to target the classmates who have ostracized them. Now, nearly 23 years after its debut, The Craft is getting a reboot of its own.
According to Prooduction Weekly, Blumhouse, who brought us BlacKkKlansman and Get Out, will be revamping the film with Zoe Lister-Jones listed as the director. Lister-Jones will reportedly be co-writing the script alongside Daniel Casey, who was set to write Leigh Janiak's rumored reboot several years ago. The film is reportedly set to start filming in July 2019.
In addition to the talent who have signed on, the film's summary has also surfaced. “A remake of the 1996 supernatural teen thriller. When starting at a new school, Hannah befriends Tabby, Lourdes, and Frankie & quickly becomes the fourth member of their Clique," the brief synopsis reads. "Hannah soon learns that she somehow brings great power to the quartet." Although the original characters names have been changed, how the new film will differenciate itself from the cult classic has yet to be revealed.
Rachel Tunney, who played the Sarah in the 1996 film, has spoken about the possibility of a reboot in the past, indicating that its success will largely depend on how the remake's plot deviates from the original. "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 explained.