‘Hocus Pocus’ TV Movie a Go at Disney Channel

Remake of 1993 fantasy comedy will feature new cast and director

"Hocus Pocus" stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy
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A “Hocus Pocus” TV movie, a reimagining of the 1993 Disney classic, is a go at Disney Channel, a network spokesperson told TheWrap.

The TV adaptation, which is in early development, is going to be written by Scarlett Lacey (“The Royals”). David Kirschner, a producer on the original movie, will executive produce. The 1993 film was written by Neil Cuthberg and Mick Garris and directed by Kenny Ortega.

However, the new take will have a new cast and a new director.

The original “Hocus Pocus” starred Bettle Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. It followed three witches who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween. The film has since become a cult hit.

Previously, Midler said that the possibility of a sequel was rather slim.

“After all these years and all the fan demand, I do believe I can stand and firmly say an unequivocal no,” Midler said in a Facebook Q&A in 2015.

And although a “Hocus Pocus” sequel has never been in the works, Sarah Jessica ParkerKathy Najimy and Midler have all expressed interest in returning for a second film, with rumors having circulated for years that there might be another installment involving Tina Fey.