There’s a Hocus Pocus TV movie in the works, aiming to recast a spell that proved to be kid-friendly lightning in a scary bottle a few decades ago.
Deadline reports the Disney Channel is working on a reimagining (so not a sequel) of its 1993 cult classic, and it's currently in the early stages of development.
The original movie, directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical), starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of evil Salem witch sisters accidentally resurrected by teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) on Halloween night 300 years after their deaths. It's up to Max, some cohorts, and an immortal cat to put a stop to the villainous sisters’ dastardly evil plan to suck out the souls of the children of Salem.
The new TV movie is reportedly being scripted by Scarlett Lacey (The Royals), with the original movie's producer, David Kirschner, serving as executive producer. Don’t expect the original witchy trio of Midler, Parker, and Najimy to return as the Sanderson sisters, however, since the new version will boast a new cast and director.
The original movie was a fun, very Disney take on the Salem witches, and despite being critically panned (the movie has a rating of 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), the film eventually became a cult hit and an annual Halloween staple on the Disney Channel and Freeform. Now whether Hocus Pocus was truly in need of a reimagining remains to be seen, but it’s going to be interesting to see what Disney will cook up with this new version. What do you think?