Zoe Lister-Jones Interview – The Craft: Legacy

Prior to today’s premiere via VOD, Lister-Jones spoke with Screen Rant about the ways the tried to keep The Craft: Legacy relevant while still staying true to its roots, as well how her creative team of mostly women helped shape the perspective of the story.

I love how you updated some really relevant topics from the original story to fit modern society. What I found really interesting was the update to the Chris archetype, if you will, in Timmy. Could you talk about weaving him into the story the way that you did?

Zoe Lister-Jones: Yeah, I looked to the original as a sort of blueprint, but then took my own license in updating the story, which really is a departure outside of the main logline of four young witches.

I loved how, in the original, Chris was used. But I felt that so much more could be said about the ways in which men are also being caused harm by the systems that oppress women, and I wanted to explore that through the character of Timmy.

Without giving away any spoilers, I think the film definitely explores toxic masculinity, but it also explores divine masculinity. And I think it’s important for all of us to have aspirational models for what masculinity can and should look like.

I also love the coven of the four witches, and I think that you gave such nice distinguishing traits to Lourdes, Tabby, Frankie, and of course, Lily. But Lily is the central character of the story and our opening into the coven. If there could be more movies, which I hope there are, do you have any stories in mind for the rest?

Zoe Lister-Jones: I do. I won’t share them yet, but it would be a dream to continue the legacy, so to speak.

I know that you brought on lots of trusted colleagues for the film, many of them women. How do you think they helped shape the perspective of the film?

Zoe Lister-Jones: Well, I think when we’re talking about women in the storytelling, it’s important to me to have women who are also the storytellers. My cinematographer, my production designer, my producing partner, and my editor were all women who I brought with me from my directorial debut Bandaid, on which I hired an entirely female crew. But then we also had our costume designer, Avery Plewes, and our composer Heather Christian.

It’s always really important to me to hire women in an industry where there are, unfortunately, still a lot of barriers to entry for women below the line and just for women behind the camera in general. I guess with this film, especially, I really wanted to subvert the male gaze. And so, I wanted women’s eyes on it.

You had “power is order” and “your difference is your power” as mottos in the film. For you, personally, what is power?

Zoe Lister-Jones: For me, personally, I believe your difference is your power. And I think that is another a big part of the reason why I wanted to tell this story: to highlight how much more powerful we are in community. When we are celebrating each other’s difference, that is us at our most powerful, and I hope that is an aspirational message at a time when I think we could all really use it.

More: How The Craft: Legacy Diversifies the Original’s Cast

The Craft: Legacy is available everywhere through VOD.