Goth kids have never had pop culture cater to them in the way it did back in the 90s. With music, The Cure’s Wish and Wild Mood Swings were “must-haves”, Marilyn Manson came forth as the self-proclaimed Antichrist, and Nine Inch Nails was teaching teens to be Broken in their Pretty Little Hate Machine while falling through The Downward Spiral. Movies were just as wonderful, with The Crow, Interview with a Vampire, Natural Born Killers, even Spawn (ok, that one wasn’t all that wonderful but, man, that soundtrack) to name but a few. During these glory days of black velvet and clove cigarettes, there was one movie to which these wonderful teenage goth fashionistas could not only relate, but that actually connected with them in a way unlike any movie before. That movie was 1996’s The Craft. Those glory days are long gone but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from mining that wonderful time to milk it for more cash. While The Crow reboot continues to backslide into (hopefully) nothingness, The Craft reboot is still moving full steam ahead. That’s the bad news. The good news? Turns out, that reboot is actually more of a sequel than a reimagining of the film and according to an interview with HitFix, it seems that producer Douglas Wick may be on the right track.
You may or may not remember Wick as the producer of the original film, which starred Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True, and Neve Campbell as four teenage witches that come together to create a very powerful coven. Anytime an original producer or screenwriter comes back to a property after departing, the value of that return to form is a bit of a crap shoot. In this case, at the very least, Wick definitely has his head in the right place when it comes to his approach to the new installment of The Craft.
“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.”
So far, so good. Wick went on to describe the angle that he and writer Leigh Janiak (who is currently attached to also direct the film) and co-writer Phil Graziedi, will be approaching the update.
“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 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.”
As yet, Sony has not slated a release date for the film or nabbed the new witches, but there is no doubt that this one will likely come to fruition. Before you start searching for that velvet skirt in the recesses of your closet where you keep all of your other high school memories or start brushing up on you “light as a feather, stiff as a board” skills, remember, just because the film is on the right track now with what seems like the perfect idea, it doesn’t mean that the finished product will be quite as soul touching as the original. After all, remember Carrie 2: The Rage?
Are you a bit more excited for the film now that it is not going to be a remake? Which witch was your favorite in the original?