Twenty-four years after the teenage witch film The Craft became a surprise hit, the series is returning next month with The Craft: Legacy, which just released its first trailer.
The Craft: Legacy trailer introduces the audience to Lily (Cailee Spaeny), who moves to a new town with her mother (played by Michelle Monaghan), and after being ridiculed in school, becomes part of an existing coven with three other students. The four girls start to seek revenge on those who have picked on them, and soon, they discover that they are more powerful than they could’ve imagined.
You can watch the trailer for The Craft: Legacy right here and right now!
While The Craft: Legacy doesn’t seem to be a direct sequel to the 1996 film, The Craft, it does show that this certainly takes place in the same universe as the original film. At one point, Lily looks at a book with “The Craft” emblazoned on the front, which includes a picture of Fairuza Balk’s Nancy Downs inside. Despite this image, it does not look as though any of the film’s original cast will make appearances in this sequel.
In addition to Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale), the cast of The Craft: Legacy includes Gideon Adlon (Blockers), Lovie Simone (Selah and the Spades), and Zoey Luna (Pose) as the members of the coven, with Monaghan (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) and David Duchovny (The X-Files) also starring.
The Craft: Legacy will be written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, and will be her first film since her writing and directing debut, 2017’s comedy-drama Band Aid. Lister-Jones has worked for years as an actress, playing one of the stars in the sitcom Life in Pieces, and appearing in such television shows as New Girl, Whitney, and Delocated, and appearing in films as varied as Lola Versus, All Good Things, The Other Guys and Salt. Lister-Jones is mostly known for her comedic work, both in front of and behind the camera, so it will be interesting to see if her take on The Craft will have a comedic tone, or will be a surprising shift for the exciting new writer-director.
The Craft: Legacy was just announced in September of last year, with principal photography having started in October and details have been relatively scarce since then. Back in 2016, producer Doug Wick stated in a piece for The Huffington Post that writer/director Leigh Janiak, who made the 2014 film, Honeymoon, would be making the follow-up, but that version of the film apparently didn’t pan out. In that same piece, Wick said of the film at the time, “It’s not so much a remake – it’s sort of saying young women exploring their power, what would that be like right now?”
1996’s The Craft did surprisingly well for the time, making over $55 million against a budget of just $15 million. The film boasted an impressive young cast for the time, with cast members Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Christine Taylor, and Breckin Meyer. The Craft has become somewhat of a cult classic. In the aforementioned Huffington Post oral history of The Craft, the article states that it became “part of the’90s teen canon and a cult classic of its own merit.” In a look back at The Craft, Complex said, “there’s something about it that resonates even 20 years later, and why it’s still a must-see coming-of-age film.”
In recent years, Blumhouse Productions – who is releasing The Craft: Legacy – have quite often delved into past intellectual properties for their latest horror creations. Just this year, Blumhouse released Fantasy Island and its take on the Universal monster film, The Invisible Man. In late 2019, they put out the latest remake of Black Christmas, 2018 saw the release of their Halloween reboot-sequel, and in one of their few non-horror films, 2015’s Jem and the Holograms.
Blumhouse Studios has a considerable amount of 2020 releases coming out in the last few months of the year. In addition to The Craft: Legacy, Blumhouse will release two Amazon Original films on October 6, the Joey King-starring The Lie and the sci-fi horror film Black Box. October 13 will see the release of two more Amazon Original films from Blumhouse, Evil Eye and the Sydney Sweeney-starring Nocturne. On November 13, they’ll be putting out Freaky in theaters, a spinoff of their comedy-horror series, Happy Death Day.
The Craft: Legacy will be released in video-on-demand on October 28, 2020, with plans for a theatrical release internationally.