If you’re a Disney fan, you probably remember the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus. It didn’t do too well in theaters, but once it hit our TV screens, the movie blew up. I was captivated the first time I saw it. It spawned to a witch obsession which lead to me watching several other witch movies and reading books such as Roald Dahl’s The Witches.
For those of you who have seen Hocus Pocus, you remember the Sanderson sisters, everyone’s favorite trio of witches, disintegrating. You also know the ending hinted at the fact that the Sanderson sisters may still be alive…
To fans of the movie, this meant a sequel was needed. The stars of the movie, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy all expressed interest in a second movie. In an interview with People, Sarah Jessica Parker had this to say about filming a Hocus Pocus sequel:
I would love that. I think we’ve all been fairly vocal about being very keen, but that hasn’t created any ground swell of movement.
As much as the stars wanted to reprise their roles as the villainous Sanderson sisters, it seemed like a sequel was not in the cards.
However, it seems like something is finally in the works, but it’s not something fans to which fans have been receptive! Rather than a sequel, Disney has a reimagining of Hocus Pocus in the works, which means the original cast, including the three actresses that played the beloved Sanderson sisters, are not involved.
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Other Hocus Pocus veterans not involved in the reboot include the original director Kenny Ortega, and the original co-writers, Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris. Replacing Cuthbert and Garris will be The Royals writer Scarlett Lacey. No replacement director has been selected yet, but since the project is in its early stages, Disney has plenty of time to pick one. But with a whole new cast and crew, will this remake have any chance at success? Mick Garris doesn’t think so.
In fact, just last year, Garris gave Forbes an interview in which he talked about the rumors he heard about a possible sequel or remake of Hocus Pocus. When asked if the original cast was coming back, he said, “I think they are, yeah…” He went on to say:
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?
Fans agree with this sentiment. One of the producers of the original movie, David Kirschner will be returning as an executive producer. It remains to be seen whether having one veteran on board will help make the this reimagining a success, but fans are not hopeful. It’s hard to imagine Hocus Pocus without the original Sanderson sisters.
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