Why Sarah Jessica Parker Won’t Be in the ‘Hocus Pocus’ Reboot

Amuck, amuck, amuck! 

Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Sarah Sanderson in the cult classic Disney movie, Hocus Pocus, won’t be reprising her role in the upcoming reboot. 

Rumors about a follow up to the original 1993 have been swirling for years but nothing’s happened until now. Maybe another virgin light the Black Flame Candle to get things in motion at Disney? 

Parker nor her co-stars Bette Midler, who played Winifred Sanderson, and Kathy Najimy who played Mary Sanderson, will don their brooms and vacuum cleaner to suck the lives out of the young children of Salem, Mass., to become immortal. 

Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

‘Hocus Pocus’ reboot is getting a new cast

Why? Because the reboot will have a completely new cast (and director), according to Deadline. That means no Thora Birch as Dani or Omri Katz as the protective big brother Max and no Kenny Ortega directing. 

While Hocus Pocus didn’t have immediate success when it originally opened — believe it or not, the Halloween themed movie opened in July — it’s grown to become a beloved classic thanks to annual airings on Freeform’s (formerly ABC Family) 31 Days of Halloween and Disney Channel’s programming schedule for the month of October. 

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Sarah Jessica Parker said she’d be for a reboot in the past

During a 2016 appearance on Watch What Happens Live promoting her TV series, Divorce, Parker told the show’s host, Andy Cohen, she’d be up for playing Sarah Sanderson again. 

“I would love that,” Parker said. Then she elaborated, saying her fellow co-stars have been in agreement about wanting to do a reboot. “I think we’ve all been fairly vocal about being very keen but that hasn’t created any groundswell of movement,” she added. 

Absence of Sanderson sisters in reboot ‘a big mistake’

Mick Garris, who co-wrote Hocus Pocus, spoke with Forbes about a possible sequel in 2017 before anything had been confirmed. 

At the time he said he thought the original cast would be included. 

“I think they are, yeah, I think they are,” Garris said.

He continued, saying that if Midler, Najimy, and Parker weren’t featured in the reboot, it’d be a major misstep. 

“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?”

Bette Midler thinks the reboot’s ‘going to be cheap’

When Midler heard about a Hocus Pocus reboot with an entirely new cast, she made it clear she didn’t like the idea. 

According to Screen Rant, Midler called the remake “cheap.” 

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Bette Midler. | Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images

“I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” she said before adding, “My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that,” she said referring to her Winifred Sanderson. 

Certainly, whoever is cast to play her role will have big shoes to fill considering Midler’s singing in the film and her comedy chops. 

Fans of the original Hocus Pocus can judge for themselves whether or not the reboot will be “cheap” as Midler put it when it premieres (no exact date has been set) on the Disney Channel or maybe Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+.

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