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Rules Of Magic - What We Know So Far

"Practical Magic" is something of a cult classic. Based on the 1995 book of the same name by Alice Hoffman, the 1998 romantic comedy tells the story of Gillian and Sally Owens (Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, respectively), two sisters who descend from a line of powerful witches. The girls dream of romance, but with some terrible knowledge — due to a curse placed by their ancestor, any man they love is doomed to die. After some unfortunate events, Gillian and Sally must use their magical powers and perhaps break the curse once and for all.

"Practical Magic" was critically panned, holding a Tomatometer Score of just 21% on Rotten Tomatoes, though fared much better with audiences with a score of 73%. In the years since its release, the film has grown to have a cult following — and now, it's getting a prequel.

In 2018, Alice Hoffman wrote "Rules of Magic," a prequel story to the beloved tale of Gillian and Sally. The story is being turned into a television series, giving audiences another chance to learn about the lore of the Owens family. But what do we know about the show so far?

When will Rules of Magic premiere?

"Rules of Magic" was first announced in August 2019 by Variety. The series was ordered by ever-expanding streaming service HBO Max and imagined as an hour-long drama. However, no other production updates have been announced since. It can take quite some time to get a show's production up and running – Backstage had revealed in 2019 production was likely slated to begin in Spring 2020, we know that never happened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We imagine we'll have to wait a while longer before we see "Rules of Magic" on our TV screens. Writer and producer Melissa Rosenberg, best known for Netflix's "Jessica Jones" is set to lead "Rules of Magic," and according to her IMDb, she has no other projects in the works. Therefore, it seems likely Rosenberg will be available to start work on the series soon. 

Additionally, as a show centered around witchcraft, HBO would probably want to release the series in the fall to coincide with Halloween. Perhaps we'll get the series in time for 2022's spooky season.

Who is starring in Rules of Magic?

No casting announcements have been made yet for "Rules of Magic." The show will feature younger versions of the aunts from "Practical Magic," who are played memorably by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest in the 1998 film. A new character, Vincent, the brother of aunts Frances and Jet, will be joining the story, too (via Variety).

Hollywood doesn't always make major efforts to ensure that people playing siblings look alike, so anything goes with this casting. HBO Max often casts unknown, up-and-coming actors in their original series, too, as seen in the "Gossip Girl" reboot, so perhaps we'll get some new exciting names for "Rules of Magic."  It seems unlikely that the series will be officially in-canon with "Practical Magic" — therefore, we just might get a fun cameo by Nicole Kidman or Sandra Bullock. The A-list actresses are two of the biggest names in Hollywood, but we'd love to see them pay homage to their earlier romantic-comedy days. 

What is the plot of Rules of Magic?

"Rules of Magic" is based on the 2018 novel of the same name, written by Alice Hoffman as a prequel to her 1995 hit novel "Practical Magic." As reported by Variety, the story follows the young Owens siblings — Franny, Jet, and Vincent — who are isolated from society due to their unusual characteristics. Unbeknownst to the trio, they are actually descendants of a bloodline of witches, and they have to come to terms with their magical fates. We know what happens to Franny and Jet, but as Variety shares, their brother will "leave an unexpected legacy."

The series will be set in 1960s New York City, so we anticipate many fascinating subplots centered around the influx of culture of that era. No other plot details are known, but with Melissa Rosenberg's talent for writing engaging villains, as seen in "Jessica Jones'" antagonist Kilgrave (David Tennant), "Rules of Magic" will likely have some excellent conflicts for its lead characters to navigate. 

In the meantime, we'll be waiting for more details about "Rules of Magic," and eagerly awaiting its arrival on HBO Max.