The witchy horror comedy Hocus Pocus, released in 1993 and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Thora Birch, is being remade by Disney for the small screen. The film was a minor hit when released but has since amassed a huge cult following. We got word on the remake this morning, and the wheels are definitely spinning.
The new take is being written by Scarlett Lacey (The Royals), with David Kirschner, producer on the original movie, on board to executive produce. The 1993 film was written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris, based on a story by Garris and Kirschner, and directed by Kenny Ortega. Garris hinted at a possible Hocus Pocus TV project in a recent interview. The new Hocus Pocus iteration will have a new cast and a new director.
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We’ll keep our ears to the ground to bring you updates on this project as details emerge. In the meantime, check out the trailer and synopsis for 1993’s Hocus Pocus below.
Official Synopsis: After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.