Fact: Hocus Pocus is a cinematic classic. It is a Halloween movie that many ’90s kid—and gay men—can endlessly quote—and now it has been announced that a remake is in the works at the Disney Channel.
But without the original cast and director.
The reboot will be written by Scarlett Lacey (The Royals), and David Kirschner, a producer on the 1993 film, will executive produce.
In a recent interview with Forbes, original Hocus Pocus screenwriter Mick Garris commented on how the rumors of a sequel “will not die.”
“I have heard they are developing the script, I haven’t been involved in it but I think there will be a sequel it might be for Disney Channel or Freeform or ABC,” he told Forbes. “I think it will be for television but I hear that it is moving ahead.”
Garris gave hope to fans of the original that the trio of actresses would return to their Sanderson Sister roles:
“I think they are, yeah, I think they are. If they don’t do that I think it would be a big mistake because all three of them are still so incredibly potent and powerful and great performers and who else can recreate those characters?”
In 2015 Midler confirmed that even though her and her co-stars have all been vocal about wanting to return to play Salem’s Sanderson Sisters, it would probably never happen.
“After all these years and all the fan demand, I do believe I can stand and firmly say an unequivocal no,” star Bette Midler said in 2015.
“I would love [to do a sequel],” Parker said last year. “I think we’ve all been fairly vocal about being very keen but that hasn’t created any groundswell of movement.”
Hocus Pocus came out 24 years ago this summer, and we all knew that a sequel or remake was inevitable as the movie has grown in popularity in the years since its release.
There is no word yet on a release date for the Disney Channel version, but it will take a powerful spell to recreate the magic of the original.