Sisters! Behold! We have more news surrounding the ‘Hocus Pocus’ remake currently in the works! Director Kenny Ortega says the Disney Channel’s upcoming remake of the 1993 Halloween cult classic would be “much more fun” with the film’s original cast. Well, duh.
It was confirmed in September that a “new iteration” of the beloved film was in the works, with a new cast taking over the roles of the three witch sisters originally played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.
Ortega had some opinions on this approach to the remake. He said:
“More power to ’em! I would like to see a sequel, and I think that the fans would like to see a sequel. I think it would be much more fun to bring the ladies back. They’re all still vital and in their prime and capable of doing so much that it would be great to see Bette and Kathy and Sarah come back together to do another movie and I think they would like to.”
Scarlett Lacey (‘The Royals’) and David Kirschner (‘The Addams Family’), who produced the original film, are set to executive produce the remake.
Ortega believes that the success of the upcoming film hinges on making “new magic.” He explained:
“I don’t think you have to recreate the magic. I think you start all over and make new magic.”
I’m with Ortega on this one. Will the new film be able to capture the same feeling as the original without the powerhouse trifecta of Midler, Najimy, and Parker? I guess we’ll see!
See Parker, who originally portrayed youngest Sanderson sister, Sarah, talk to ET about the idea of a ‘Hocus Pocus’ sequel in the clip below: