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So the Hocus Pocus sequel is now a Disney Channel TV reboot. Sigh.

September 29th, 2017 by Marc Comments

Only days after we reported that a sequel to Hocus Pocus was in the works with the original cast (here) – which we admit got us a little excited – it has now ben confirmed that all is not exactly as it seems.

Basically, yes, The Disney Channel is working on a Hocus Pocus TV movie but it will be a – sigh – reimagining of the original movie.

So no Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker or Kathy Najimy (above).

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 new Hocus Pocus iteration will have a new cast and a new director. [Kenny] Ortega, who has directed Disney Channel’s two biggest TV movie franchises, High School Musicaland Descendants [and the original 1993 movie], is not involved.


So there you go, no sooner are we excited for the sequel to the cult classic about witches chasing children on Halloween night, to looking forward to a Disney Channel reboot.

Our expectations are not too high, we’ll not lie…

Source: Deadline

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….