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A-list stars ‘to reunite’ for sequel to cult classic film with 24% Rotten Tomatoes rating


Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman in Practical Magic

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It’s been announced that a sequel is in the works to 1998 film Practical Magic, with lead actresses Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock said to be returning.

To much surprise and delight, Warner Bros made the announcement on its official TikTok account on Monday, 26 years after the cult classic was first released.

Based on the 1995 novel of the same name, Kidman, 56, and Bullock, 59, portrayed the witchy Owens sisters, Gillian and Sally, who are descended from a long line of magic-wielding women and cursed by a historical matriarch to never feel the pain of love.

When Sally accidentally poisons Gillian’s abusive ex-boyfriend, the two then end up relying on their powers to try and figure the way out of the criminal mess.

The movie’s impressive supporting cast also included Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest as the girls’ aunts, Goran Višnjić, Evan Rachel Wood, Aidan Quinn, Margot Martindale and Mark Feuerstein.

Upon release, Practical Magic did not set the screen aflame, grossing less than its production budget of $75million with $68.3m worldwide.

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Reviews were not kind either, with the film holding a paltry, rotten score of 24% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, drawn from 98 reviews.

Several compared the movie unfavourably to The Witches of Eastwick, with the Irish Times branding it ‘an inane and insipid effort’ and the Independent on Sunday describing it as ‘a sibling soap-opera with a dash of mumbo-jumbo’.

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However, audience members seem to disagree with over 100,000 fans (so more than 10 times the number of critics) rushing to praise Practical Magic and bump it up to a 73% rating there.

Leading up to the announcement, Warner Bros shared a selection of clips from the film to whet the appetite of its audience, before finally sharing a post with a clip of Sally, Gillian and their aunts enjoying their famous midnight margaritas and confirming: ‘It’s official… Practical Magic 2 is coming!’

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It’s official… Practical Magic 2 is coming!

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As per Variety, Kidman and Bullock are also reported to be in talks to reprise their roles for the sequel, alongside taking on producing roles.

Avika Goldman is set to write the screenplay with Denise Di Novi onboard as producer.

The cult favourite’s fandom was out in numbers online as the news was announced, with the clip viewed 2.3m times, and sharing their excitement – as well as issuing warnings over how they hoped the Practical Magic sequel would be handled.

‘If Sandra and Nicole aren’t in this then we don’t want it,’ posted @ShayMarie underneath the announcement, while Alison Bills threatened: ‘If Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are not in this movie I will riot!!’

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‘Don’t play with my heart. I STRICTLY want Sandra and Nicole and the Aunts. IF THEY [sic] NOT THERE WE DON’T WANT IT,’ insisted …read more

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