‘Hocus Pocus’: Will Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy Be in the New Movie?

Hocus Pocus is coming back, but not in the way that fans have been hoping for.

The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline both reported on Thursday that a new Hocus Pocus movie is in the works. But this is not expected to be a sequel to the original. Instead, it’s going to be a remake and feature a new cast. The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as a “TV movie remake” in its article. Deadline doesn’t use the word “remake,” but they call it a “reimagining,” and they too note that it will have a new cast.

This may not be the exact same plot as the original, as The Hollywood Reporter notes that it will “center on a new story and new characters.” Regardless of whether it’s a remake or a reimagining, it doesn’t sound like it’s a sequel, and therefore Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy likely won’t appear, unless they have small cameos similar to 2016 Ghostbusters reboot.

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in Hocus Pocus

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in Hocus Pocus. | Walt Disney Pictures

This is surprising to hear, as Mick Garris, the co-writer of the original Hocus Pocus, recently told Forbes that he’s heard a Hocus Pocus sequel is being developed, and he said that he thought it would feature the original cast. But he also said that he’s not involved in the project at all, and so he may have just been assuming that the original cast would be back

“I think they are, yeah, I think they are,” Garris said when asked if the original cast is returning. “If they don’t do that I think it would be a big mistake because all three of them are still so incredibly potent and powerful and great performers and who else can recreate those characters?”

Obviously, fans are tremendously disappointed to hear that the original cast probably won’t return for the new Hocus Pocus, especially since Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy have all expressed interest in reprising their roles. In 2016, Bette Midler told Billboard, “For the life of me, I can’t understand why there’s not a sequel.” She had previously suggested that there will never be a Hocus Pocus 2, but it sounded like that was more her being realistic rather than saying she doesn’t want to do it.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus | Walt Disney Pictures

Meanwhile, Sarah Jessica Parker said of a Hocus Pocus sequel last year, “I would love that. I think we’ve all been fairly vocal about being very keen but that hasn’t created any groundswell of movement.” Kathy Najimy has also said she’d return, in 2014 linking to an article about Bette Middler wanting to do Hocus Pocus 2 and echoing those comments.

The new Hocus Pocus is being produced for Disney Channel, where the original often aired around Halloween. Kenny Ortega, the director of the first Hocus Pocus, is not expected to be involved here, though producer David Kirschner will return.