As hard as it is to believe The Craft is really 20 years old today, that’s the God’s honest truth. It’s been two decades since a quartet of edgy, punk witches rocked into movie theaters everywhere and changed every teenager’s life (or at least it did so for those who wanted to control his or her enemies with magic). Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True remain some of the coolest witches to ever appear on the big screen and are pretty high up there on the “great movie high schoolers” list as well. Who else would you even want to hang out with when there is a group of girls at school who can change their hair color with the simple swipe of a hand or exact revenge on terrible men?
Now that your memories of the movie are sufficiently brought to the surface, let us dash them for you by bringing up the ill-advised remake of the film that Sony has got their eye on making happen. In no way, shape, or form is it a good idea to remake one of the most iconic cult classics of all time. There’s a good chance it will incorporate social media or cyber-bullying, which almost never turns out well unless it is done with a wink. However, there may be good news! HitFix snagged an interview with the producer of both the original and the “remake” Doug Wick (not to be confused with John). His comments have us more excited than worried about the remake for the first time.
“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 much of the appeal of the original movie was that people could watch women on screen completely own their lives and personalities without worrying about judgement from others. The foursome were a force to be reckoned with and, as it still is now, movies that star a primary cast of women who are taken seriously by the filmmakers are few and far between. Thus, the quality ones stand out even more. It will be tough for a second film centering around the same themes to strike the exact tone or emotional connection as the first, but Wick mentioning empowerment and “emotional lives” have our spirits up.
Until that time comes, we will be playing light as a feather/stiff as a board in the hopes that the sequel or remake or whatever it is can even come close to living up to its predecessor. If the quality doesn’t match up, Sony should just focus on putting together a soundtrack that is somehow as awesome as the 90’s aural perfection of the original.