Get ready to shut the blinds and cancel all your plans in favour of your couch, your dog, and the snack of your choice, because a Practical Magic prequel is in the works at HBO Max.
Based on the novel by Alice Hoffman, the 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman (AKA the on-screen female duo of everyone’s dreams) told the tragic tale of the Owens sisters, raised by their aunts Frances and Jet — played by the iconic Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest.
Two decades later, the Owens women are back in Rules of Magic based on Hoffman’s prequel of the same name, as streaming service HBO Max hands out pilot orders for some truly binge-worthy TV dramas.
Set in 1960’s New York City, the Practical Magic prequel will introduce viewers to sisters Frances and Bridget (aka Jet) and their brother Vincent. The siblings are as unique as they are troubled (hmm, sound familiar?), and struggle to come to terms with the differences that have kept them isolated — that is, until they learn that their ancestry is much more magical than most. You think your family has drama? Think again.
The new drama series, lead by Jessica Jones creator Melissa Rosenberg, is expected to bring viewers along for the ride as the two sisters become the revered (and, let’s be real, sometimes scary) aunts in Practical Magic, while their brother will leave an “unexpected legacy,” according to Variety. Oh, and if you think your dating life is complicated, imagine accidentally killing men with your love — a predicament which plagues the Owens women over generations.
With HBO Max set to launch in spring 2020, it’ll likely be a few months until casting is confirmed on the new series — but that hasn’t stopped us from conjuring up a few casting ideas. Could the brooding, bad-boy likes of Ian Somerhalder take on the role of Vincent? Would Blade Runner 2049‘s Ana De Armas make the perfect Jet? What about Isla Fisher or Bridget Regan (Rose in Jane the Virgin) as Franny? And, witch please, we have to ask — will Sandra and Nicole make an appearance?
Considering HBO’s reputation for star-studded dramas, we can’t wait to see how Rules of Magic takes flight. Until then, we’ll be mixing up a new batch of “midnight margaritas” and working on our Franny and Jet Halloween costumes.