When Hocus Pocus was theatrically released in 1993, it was received with mixed reviews despite an impressive cast of Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson Sisters of Salem. The film has amassed an impressive cult following (of people who grew up in the ’90s and gay men), due in part with its annual inclusion in 13 Nights of Halloween programming (on ABC Family and Freeform), marketed with enticing candy-apple nostalgia.
A reboot is materializing, without the original cast or director. It’s destined for the Disney Channel, therefore it’s certain to be terrible, so why bother? Still, the cauldron fire is reportedly being relit, with Scarlett Lacey as director, and original Hocus Pocus producer David Kirschner will executive produce the remake.
Hocus Pocus screenwriter Mick Garris is holding out hope (as are Midler, Najimy and Parker) for an eventual sequel, with the original witches reprising their 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?”
“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.”
Midler had expressed her desire to return to the role of Winifred Sanderson in a sequel, but threw water on the possibility in a 2015 interview.
“After all these years and all the fan demand, I do believe I can stand and firmly say an unequivocal no.”
Without the star power, it’s guaranteed the Disney Channel rehash will never overshadow the original Hocus Pocus, which we can always (hopefully) watch on ABC Family or Freeform or own on DVD.