Disney Channel is in early development on a new version of Hocus Pocus – but not the sequel fans and the original stars have been clamoring for for the past few years.
The Royals writer Scarlett Lacey and executive producer David Kirschner, a producer on the original film, are working on a remake of the Halloween classic, which follows three witch sisters, played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker, as they wreak havoc in Salem, Mass. after being inadvertently resurrected by some kids.
The original film was directed by Kenny Ortega, who is a Disney Channel staple as the director of franchises like High School Musical and The Descendants, but he will not be involved in the remake either.
The news has been met with skepticsm from fans of the original film, who have been clamoring for a sequel with the original trio of Midler, Najimy and Parker on board. The situation is compounded by the actresses also expressing their desire to sign on to a new installment.
“Inundate the Disney company because I have canvassed the girls and they are willing to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a HOCUS POCUS 2, ask the Walt Disney company,” Midler said during a Reddit AMA session in 2014.
There’s no word yet if the original cast could be involved in the remake down the line.
This story was initially reported by Simon Thompson at Forbes.