There are a lot of us here at I love Halloween who would love to see more adventures of the Sanderson Sister, the ghastly trio from Hocus Pocus. The good news is that there ARE plans to continue their story, but the bad news is that they’re no planning on using the original cast.
Over at Vanity Fair, we are getting some of the details:
The original Disney film—in which three fabulous witches played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimyget resurrected in Salem—is a cult classic and an autumnal standby on Disney and Freeform. According to Deadline, the TV movie, currently in the early stages of development, will be a “reimagining” of the original; David Kirschner, a producer from the original, will executive produce, but Scarlett Lacey(The Royals) will replace original screenwriters Neil Cuthbertand Mick Garris, and original director Kenny Ortega will be absent as well. Rumors of a remake or sequel have been bubbling for what feels like 300 years. (As for why it’s taken so long, Midler once joked that Disney was having “trouble finding a virgin.”) Garris hinted to Forbes in an interview on Tuesday that Disney Channel might be brewing a remake, which perhaps prompted the official confirmation.
Original star Bette Midler was candid about her feelings on the matter:
“I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” she told PEOPLE Monday at the New York Restoration Project’s Hulaween party, which Midler hosts.
And when it comes to Midler’s original character of lead witch Winifred Sanderson, the actress said it’ll be tough to recast the role. “I’m not sure what they’re going to do with my character,” she said. “My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that.”
So that’s a thing that’s happening. In the meantime, check out Billy Eichner and Tiffany Hadish’s proposed casting below.