After years of waiting for a sequel or a reboot, Disney is finally following through with making a new Hocus Pocus movie. Unfortunately, the new project will feature an all new cast and a new director.
According to Deadline, the new film is currently in the early stages of development. It will be a reimagining of the original tale that we’ve come to know and love. The new movie will be written by Scarlett Lacey. No director has been officially announced yet, but we do know that Kenny Ortega will not be back in the director’s seat. David Kirschner, producer of the original film, is back to executive produce.
In the original film, we were taken to Salem, Massachusetts where we met teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz). 300 years after the deaths of the Sanderson sisters (Bette Milder, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy), Max, his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw) accidentally awaken them from the grave. They then have to find a way to steal the witches’ books of spells to stop them from becoming immortal and stealing the life forces of children everywhere.
After years of rumors and hints, I am excited that we are getting a new movie. However, it bothers me that we will not have the original cast back. Whether due to some sheer mastery of casting or what not, the original cast brought the whole movie together and made it such an impression on audiences that Hocus Pocus is beloved by all. It’s a go-to for many of us during the Halloween season. It’s difficult to not want to dismiss this movie already because of how special this movie is.
We will have to see how they move forward and who they end up casting. I do think with the right script and with the right casting, Disney might be able to ease our concerns.
Now we just have to wait for them to put their spell on us.