It’s about that time of year where we all start gushing over Practical Magic. We hang up our string lights, we make some hot cocoa, and we snuggle up with our fur babies to watch sister witches Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman learn about their family’s curse and develop their knack for witchcraft.
In case you didn’t already know, Variety broke the news that HBO Max is preparing a one-hour drama pilot based on Alice Hoffman’s books Practical Magic, and the prequel, The Rules of Magic. There’s still no news on a release date, so you best believe we’ve been rereading the tales of the Owens family, including Magic Lessons (out October 9), which tells the origin story of the curse!
Here’s the scoop on everything else you need to know about the upcoming TV adaptation:
The plot of the series will be based on the events of Rules of Magic and Practical Magic.
The prequel novel The Rules of Magic takes place in 1960s NYC, following the story of siblings Franny, Jet, and Vincent. Thanks to the Owens family curse, they must follow strict rules (no walking in moonlight, no red shoes, etc.) and they’re forbidden from falling in love. But when they visit their Aunt Isabelle, in a small Massachusetts town, they begin to understand the truth of who they are. Over the years, the siblings grow up and learn how to live with the curse–Franny and Jet become the aunts we know and love from the Practical Magic movie (played by Stockard Channing and Dianne West)–and their brother Vincent’s legacy takes an unexpected turn.
Alice Hoffman has also signed on as one of the executive producers for the show. Read the comments on this twitter thread for some fun ideas on who should play charismatic Vincent!
Melissa Rosenberg has signed on to write and executive produce via Tall Girls Productions. Melissa is also the creator of Jessica Jones, screenwriter for all of the Twilight movies, and writer and executive producer for Dexter.
A writers’ room is being set up for a 10-episode first season. Writers include Dana Baratta, who also wrote for Dawson’s Creek and Jessica Jones.
We’re standing by for more casting and release news. Stay tuned! We’ll update this post with any new information we learn.
In the meantime, check out all of Alice Hoffman’s backlist for equally delightful, magical vibes that will soothe your soul.