A Practical Magic Reunion? Kidman and Bullock are Game

Nicole Kidman And Sandra Bullock Look Set To Reunite For A Practical Magic Sequel

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After The CraftThe Witches and Hocus Pocus, yet another witchy ’90s classic is now being brought up to date: Practical Magic, Griffin Dunne’s 1998 off-kilter comedy, based on the spooky pageturner of the same name by Alice Hoffman and starring none other than a pre-Miss Congeniality Sandra Bullock and a pre-Eyes Wide Shut Nicole Kidman.

In the original, the future Oscar winners played sisters Sally and Gillian Owens, the descendants of a long line of witches who become embroiled in a supernatural cover-up after the former accidentally kills the latter’s abusive ex-boyfriend (as embodied by Goran Višnjić) and then attempts to resurrect him. Back in 2019, it was reported that HBO Max was pursuing a Practical Magic spin-off series titled Rules of Magic, an adaptation of Hoffman’s prequel novel. Sadly, nothing seemed to come of it, but now fans of the cult favourite have even better news: per Variety, both Bullock and Kidman are in talks to return for a sequel instead.

Goran Višnjić and Nicole Kidman in 1998’s Practical Magic. Maximum Film / Alamy Stock Photo

The buzz began to build on 9 June, when a midnight TikTok announcement – a nod to the film’s “midnight margaritas” scene – revealed that Practical Magic was now available to stream on Max. But the real announcement – that Practical Magic 2 is officially in the works – came the following morning.

Akiva Goldsman, one of the co-writers of the original film’s script, is set to pen the screenplay this time around, while it’s expected that the two leading ladies will sign on as producers, too.

Naturally, we’re sure to be in for a long and agonising wait before we learn plot details, but I have an even more pressing question in the meantime: as thrilled as I am at the prospect of seeing Bullock and Kidman back together for more spirited high jinks, what about the rest of the film’s cast, which – lest we forget – includes living legends Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest alongside Evan Rachel Wood? Surely this particular coven wouldn’t be complete without them.

This article was originally published on British Vogue.

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