Disney Channel is developing a ‘Hocus Pocus’ TV movie which is said to be a complete reimagining of the 1993 classic which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.
via Page Six:
The new take is being written by Scarlett Lacey (“The Royals”), with David Kirschner, producer on the original movie, on board to executive produce.
The 1993 film was written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris, based on a story by Garris and Kirschner, and directed by Kenny Ortega. Garris hinted at a possible “Hocus Pocus” TV project in a recent interview.
The new “Hocus Pocus” iteration will have a new cast and a new director. Ortega, who has directed Disney Channel’s two biggest TV movie franchises, “High School Musical” and “Descendants,” is not involved.
“Hocus Pocus” chronicles what happens when three villainous witches, played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker, are inadvertently resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts. The film has become a cult hit and a staple on Disney Channel and Freeform with annual airings.
Kirschner’s producing credits also include “Curious George,” “An American Tail” and “The Addams Family.”
If they’re going to bring ‘Hocus Pocus’ back, we’d much rather see a new story with the original Sanderson Sisters. Call Bette, Sarah, and Kathy!