Hocus Pocus director Kenny Ortega says he would much rather see Disney make the long-awaited sequel instead of the remake, or at least include the original cast. Hocus Pocus is one of the prime examples of something that didn't quite work out so well when it released in theaters - having earned mostly negative reviews, while also failing to take off at the worldwide box office - but eventually came into its own on home video and achieved cult status.
Hocus Pocus is one of the most-watched movies during the Halloween season. The film can be seen playing continuously on Freeform (primarily during their annual 13 Nights of Halloween event) as well as on the Disney Channel, while also raking in hefty sums on home video (over $1 million each October, in fact). So, in response to overwhelming fan enthusiasm for the cult film, Disney has decided to remake Hocus Pocus for the Disney Channel, something that Ortega doesn't think is the best idea.
Ortega attended The L.A. Dance Project's annual gala this past weekend, where ET asked him what his thoughts were on Disney's Hocus Pocus remake. Surprisingly, he's all for the idea of another Hocus Pocus film, but he would much rather see the Mouse House make a sequel with the original Sanderson sisters - played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker - rather than a remake without the famed actresses.
“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.”
It's true that each of the actresses has previously expressed interest in coming back for another Hocus Pocus film, though the idea of a remake was never on the table. In fact, reports of a sequel, one helmed by Tina Fey, have continued to make the rounds on the internet for the past several years, though it appears there has been little to no progression on that front. Considering that the remake will air on the Disney Channel, it's highly unlikely that the original cast would come back, but that's something that we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
For now, we know the original film's producer, David Kirschner, is returning to shepherd the Hocus Pocus remake, which is being written by The Royals scribe Scarlett Lacey.