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The Craft: everything you need to know about this nostalgic witchy remake

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Hold on to your broomsticks, because director Zoe Lister-Jones has announced The Craft is officially back. 

Witchcraft is in. We’ve noticed it in beauty with the introduction of crystals, in fitness trends with astrologically-timed yoga and in entertainment with Netflix smashes like the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (we interviewed Kiernan Shipka, and even she admitted that she’s tried her hand at witchcraft for real, as have others in the crew).

So it feels only right and fitting that one of the most iconic and bewitching films of all time is now getting a reboot, right in time for this trend.

The Craft was originally released in 1996, telling the story of Sarah (Robin Tunney), a teenager whose parents relocate to Los Angeles, prompting her start at a new school and a new neighbourhood.

Astute and smart, Sarah sits back and observes the school’s dynamics, keeping herself to herself. But she’s been noticed. The school’s resident ‘weirdos’ – a trio of girls with a penchant for gothic and witchcraft – have sensed something in her that think will assist them in their mission to summon a higher power and become real life witches.

Like a combination of Heathers and Practical Magic, with a grunge twist on Clueless fashion (sheer white shirts, knee high socks and plaid – but in dark tones and teamed with mini black shades and leather) it’s the ultimate Nineties nostalgia throwback that couldn’t feel more relevant now. 

Is this the first The Craft remake?

There was talk of a The Craft reboot in 2015, which would look at where the girls were 20 years on, but after that project was dropped the storyline will remain true to the original, just set in present day. 

Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True and Neve Campbell sitting on a bed together with a candle in the middle of them in a scene from the film 'The Craft', 1996

What do we know about the storyline so far?

Blumhouse Productions have reportedly greenlit the film and released a synopsis in Production Weekly, which reads: “A remake of the 1996 supernatural teen thriller. When starting at a new school, Hannah befriends Tabby, Lourdes, and Frankie and quickly becomes the fourth member of their Clique. Hannah soon learns that she somehow brings great power to the quartet.”

From this snippet it sounds like the films will be pretty much identical, although we predict the writers will have fun with details like the other students at school, the girls’ relationships and their family backgrounds.

Who will direct The Craft remake?

Actor, writer and director Zoe Lister-Jones has officially announced she will be working heavily on the film, both directing and writing.

Lister-Jones has an impressive CV both on and off screen, having co-written on films like Consumed and Lola Versus, and appeared in TV shows like New Girl and Law & Order, as well as several Broadway shows and her own one-woman show.

She announced the news on both Instagram and Twitter, making it clear how excited she is for the project writing: “Dreams. Coming. True.”

Who is in the cast for The Craft film remake?

No names have been attached to the project as yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

Fairuza Balk in a scene from the film 'The Craft', 1996

When will The Craft remake be released?

Currently filming is scheduled for July 2019, so it probably will be 2021 before we see the new The Craft in cinemas – but we’ll keep you updated. 

Images: Getty Images 

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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