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Bette Midler isn’t a fan of the Hocus Pocus remake

Last month it was announced that Disney is remaking the cult classic Hocus Pocus as a TV movie for The Disney Channel.

The film’s original producer David Kirschner is on board, although the project – penned by Scarlett Lacey (The Royals) – will feature a new cast taking over from Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

While original director Kenny Ortega has previously given his blessing to the remake, the same can’t be said for Bette Midler, who categorically ruled out a cameo by stating “No, no, no!” during an interview with People.

“I know it’s cheap,” said Midler. “It’s going to be cheap! I’m not sure what they’re going to do with my character. My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that.”

Are you interested in the new Hocus Pocus, or
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Bette Midler Has Some Savage Thoughts About the Hocus Pocus Remake: "It's Cheap!"

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It's been a solid month since we learned Hocus Pocus is getting the reboot treatment, but we're still not sure if we'll ever get used to the idea. Judging from Bette Midler's recent quotes about the news, we're definitely not alone. While hosting the New York Restoration Project's Hulaween party over the weekend, Midler took a quick break to share her thoughts about how she sees the remake coming together with People. "I know it's cheap," she said. "It's going to be cheap!" Well, damn. We should've known Midler would be the last one to hold back her opinion about the beloved 1993 Halloween film, especially when it comes to her performance as iconic red-headed witch Winifred Sanderson. There are few people who could ever step into her pointy boots, and she knows it. "I'm not sure what they're going to do with my character," she added. "My character is very,
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Bette Midler Bashes Hocus Pocus TV Movie Remake

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Bette Midler Bashes Hocus Pocus TV Movie Remake
Fans have waited patiently for Hocus Pocus 2, only to discover that Disney is giving them a TV reboot instead. The original cast, which includes Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy were all excited to return. But we're getting a brand new cast instead. While Hocusheads were upset over this announcement, it perhaps riled no one up quite like it did Midler. She hates the idea of a TV remake, and thinks it's going to be 'cheap'.

At this rate, it's highly unlikely that Bette Midler will devote anytime to the project, and a cameo appearance sounds completely out of the cards, with the Hocus Pocus redo coming to the Disney Channel sometime next year, perhaps just in time for the fall Halloween season.

Bette Midler has serious doubts about this new iteration of her comedy cult classic. Speaking with People Magazine, she offered this thoughts on the poorly conceived remake.
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Bette Midler Slams Upcoming Hocus Pocus TV Remake: 'It's Going to Be Cheap!'

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Bette Midler Slams Upcoming Hocus Pocus TV Remake: 'It's Going to Be Cheap!'
Sorry Hocus Pocus fans, but don’t expect to see a Bette Midler cameo in the upcoming Disney Channel remake.

The actress expressed her doubts over the beloved Halloween family movie reboot, telling People she expects the TV movie to be “cheap.”

“I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” she told People Monday at the New York Restoration Project’s Hulaween party, which Midler hosts.

And when it comes to Midler’s original character of lead witch Winifred Sanderson, the actress said it’ll be tough to recast the role.

“I’m not sure what they
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'Hocus Pocus' Stars: Where Are They Now?

'Hocus Pocus' Stars: Where Are They Now?
Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus actually hit theaters in the middle of the summer, on July 16, 1993.

And while the Kenny Ortega-directed film -- starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as three sister witches from the 17th century brought back to life -- wasn't critically acclaimed or a box-office blockbuster, annual Halloween airings on cable TV have made the movie beloved by young viewers.

The film begins with the Sanderson sisters being hung by the townspeople of Salem, Massachusetts in 1693. But Winifred's (Midler) spell book casts a curse that will resurrect the sisters on the condition that...
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Halloween 2017: Siblings & Scares Double Feature – Mom’S Got A Date With A Vampire and Hocus Pocus

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[To get you into the spooky spirit, the Daily Dead team is spotlighting double features that we think would be fun to watch this Halloween season. Check here for more double feature recommendations and other Halloween 2017 coverage.]

There’s nothing quite like an outside threat to bring a family together, especially when that threat is of the undead variety. Siblings may not always get along, but when your sister’s soul is sought by a coven of witches, or when your mom is eyed as an eternal bride by a coffin-dwelling creep, it’s time to take those Sister Sledge lyrics to heart and become a family that can overcome anything—including wicked spells and sharp fangs. Set on respective fateful nights where the future of a homestead hangs in the balance and its up to siblings to save it, Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire and Hocus Pocus are family-friendly films that make for a great double feature during the Halloween season.

Perhaps the less-known of the two films, Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire will likely ring a nostalgic bell for
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Graves

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Network: Epix. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: October 16, 2016 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell, Skylar Astin, Callie Hernandez, Tania Gunadi, Ernie Hudson, Roger Bart, Khotan Fernandez, Harry Hamlin, Nia Vardalos, Kathy Najimy, Adam Goldberg, Spencer Grammer, Wallace Shawn, Jaqueline Bisset, Sarah Baker, Matt Long, Lauren Weedman, Michael Cyril Creighton, Joanna Sanchez, and Juliette Lewis. TV show description: The Graves TV show is a political comedy from creator Joshua Michael Stern. The story centers on Richard Graves (Nolte), a former President of the United States, his wife Margaret (Ward), and their children Olivia (Yorke), and Jeremy (Lowell). Twenty-five years after
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'Hocus Pocus' Director Kenny Ortega on Film’s Remake Without Bette Midler & Sarah Jessica Parker (Exclusive)

'Hocus Pocus' Director Kenny Ortega on Film’s Remake Without Bette Midler & Sarah Jessica Parker (Exclusive)
Hocus Pocus director Kenny Ortega says the Disney Channel’s upcoming remake of the 1993 Halloween flick would be “much more fun” with the film’s original cast.

Et confirmed in September that a “new iteration” of the beloved movie was in the works, with a new cast taking over the roles of the three witch sisters originally played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

“More power to 'em!” Ortega told Et’s Deidre Behar at The L.A. Dance Project's annual gala at their brand new space in downtown Los Angeles, California, on Saturday. “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,” the producer, director and choreographer added. “They’re all still vital and in their prime and capable of doing so much that it would be great to see
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Disney developing Hocus Pocus TV reboot

Deadline is reporting that The Disney Channel is in early development on a TV movie reboot of the cult classic Hocus Pocus, which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy who are inadvertently resurrected in present day Salem, Massachusetts.

The reboot is being penned by Scarlett Lacey (The Royals), with the film’s original producer David Kirschner serving as executive producer. It will however feature a new cast, with a new director also coming on board.

Released in 1993, Hocus Pocus was a modest success at the box office, but has become a firm cult favourite thanks to DVD and TV airings. Rumours of a sequel have circulated over the past few years, with the original cast expressing their interest in returning, although this TV reboot seems to have put an end to those plans.
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The Disney Channel is Looking at a “Hocus Pocus” Remake

So far I can’t tell if this would be a huge mistake and possible embarrassment for Disney or a good idea. Hocus Pocus is a movie that a lot of us grew up on as kids, watching it every Halloween even though we knew exactly what happened and that nothing would ever change. Still we watched because it was a part of the holiday and the characters were simply too great to put away for good. Bette Milder, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker were perfect as the dangerous but dim-witted Sanderson sisters, and the rest of the cast was

The Disney Channel is Looking at a “Hocus Pocus” Remake
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If The Original Hocus Pocus Stars Want a Sequel, Why Are We Getting a Remake?!

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Disney Channel is running amok, amok, amok! The Internet was in for an early Halloween surprise on Thursday morning, when Disney Channel announced it is working a remake of Hocus Pocus, the cult-favorite 1993 movie that starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three witch sisters with a penchant for sucking the lives out of little children and slapstick comedy. What a treat, right? Except, with every Halloween treat comes a trick, as the TV movie would feature a new cast, with the original film's director Kenny Ortega not attached in anyway. (David Kirschner, one of the original producers, is serving as an executive producer.) Remakes, of course, are one of the hottest...
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17 People Who Are Not Here For the Hocus Pocus Remake - They Want a Damn Sequel!

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Since the movie's release in 1993, fans of Hocus Pocus have been waiting around for a sequel. When that didn't end up happening, they moved on and continued to binge-watch the movie during the annual 13 Nights of Halloween. Now, Disney Channel is reportedly working on a televised "reimagining" of the original - and people are not pleased. While some are excited about the possibility of a modern remake, others would rather Disney Channel just leave it alone. Sadly, the new iteration of the beloved film won't include the original cast - so no Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, or Kathy Najimy - and that little detail has people feeling particularly, understandably pissed. RelatedOnly a True Sanderson Sister Will Ace This Hocus Pocus Quiz
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'Hocus Pocus' Remake in the Works at Disney Channel With an Entirely New Cast

'Hocus Pocus' Remake in the Works at Disney Channel With an Entirely New Cast
The Sanderson sisters will be running amok once again, but there's a catch...

A "new iteration" of the 1993 Halloween film,Hocus Pocus, is in the works at Disney Channel, a rep for the network tells Et. Scarlett Lacey (The Royals) and David Kirschner (The Addams Family) -- who served as a producer on the original film -- are set to executive produce. Deadline was the first to report, adding that  a new cast will be reprising the roles, including the witch sisters, initially immortalized by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker

While the film only modest theatrical numbers upon its initial release, it soon became a cult hit with fans clamoring for a sequel in recent years. So you can imagine their dismay at learning of a remake with an entirely new cast -- good thing they had Twitter to unleash their feelings.

Exclusive: Sarah Jessica Parker Says She Wants to Make 'Hocus Pocus' and 'Sex
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'Hocus Pocus' Remake in the Works at Disney Channel

'Hocus Pocus' Remake in the Works at Disney Channel
Bubble, bubble. Our favorite three witches may be about to cause more trouble!

A "new iteration" of the 1993 Halloween film,Hocus Pocus, is in the works at Disney Channel, a rep for the network tells Et. Scarlett Lacey (The Royals) and David Kirschner (The Addams Family) -- who served as a producer on the original film -- are set to executive produce. Deadline was the first to report, adding that  a new cast will be reprising the roles, including the witch sisters, initially immortalized by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker

The Disney Channel revival is fitting for the film, which saw only modest theatrical numbers, but became a cult hit as a staple of the network's Halloween programming.

Exclusive: Sarah Jessica Parker Says She Wants to Make 'Hocus Pocus' and 'Sex and the City' Sequels

Et spoke to Kenny Ortega, who directed the original film (but is not linked to the remake
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‘Hocus Pocus,’ Greatest Halloween Movie Of All Time, Is Officially Getting a Remake

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‘Hocus Pocus,’ Greatest Halloween Movie Of All Time, Is Officially Getting a Remake
Witchy halloween classic “Hocus Pocus,” which starred powerhouse trio Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, will get a television remake from Disney Channel, Deadline reports. Original producer David Kirschner will conjure the follow-up; unfortunately none of the original cast are slated to return. “The Royals” scribe Scarlett Lacy will pen the screenplay.

The 1993 horror comedy paired Midler, Parker, and Najimy as deliciously evil trio of witchy sisters. After a group of kids accidentally resurrect the sisters, they magically return to Salem, Massachusetts from 300 years in the past. In their quest to suck the souls out of all the children in the town, they must adjust to the new world order, contending with the marvels of paved roads and electricity. It was written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris, and directed by Kenny Ortega, who has directed two of Disney Channel’s biggest TV movie franchises, “High School Musical” and “Descendants.
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Hocus Pocus 2 Will Be a TV Remake with an All-New Cast

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Hocus Pocus 2 Will Be a TV Remake with an All-New Cast
Good and bad news today, Disney fans. The good news is that we're finally getting that Hocus Pocus 2 movie that's been talked about for years. The bad news? It's going to be a straight up remake of Hocus Pocus and will feature none of the original cast. According to Deadline, Disney Channel is in the very early stages of developing this new take on the 1993 cult classic with David Kirschner, who was a producer on the original movie, is on board to executive produce. It seems like he'll be the only real tie this remake has to the first Hocus Pocus.

Scarlett Lacey (The Royals) has been tapped to write the Hocus Pocus remake for Disney Channel and the report says that they are looking for a new director to helm the project. No directors were mentioned specifically at this time, but since the project is in the early stages,
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'Hocus Pocus' TV Movie Remake in the Works at Disney Channel

Hocus Pocus is eyeing a comeback.

Disney Channel is developing a TV movie remake of the 1993 Bette Midler-led Halloween film, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The current iteration, which will center on a new story and new characters, hails from writer Scarlett Lacey (The Royals) and executive producer David Kirschner, who produced the original film and who co-wrote the story on which the movie is based.

Also starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, Hocus Pocus centered on three witches from Salem, Massachusetts, who are hanged to death after killing a young child. However, because of a spell, they...
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Hocus Pocus Is Being Remade for TV Without Its Original Cast – and the Internet Isn't Exactly on Board

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Hocus Pocus Is Being Remade for TV Without Its Original Cast – and the Internet Isn't Exactly on Board
We only had to wait 24 years for another virgin to light the candle.

Beloved Halloween family movie Hocus Pocus is getting a remake courtesy of the Disney Channel, according to Deadline. The new movie – being written by Scarlett Lacey – is still in development, with original producer David Kirschner signed on.

Kenny Ortega, who directed the 1993 cult favorite, will not be involved with the new project – and neither will its original Sanderson sisters: Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker.

There has long been rumors that the original would get a sequel, with since-debunked reports in 2014 claiming that Tina Fey had signed on to produce.
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Hocus Pocus TV Film Reimagining Being Planned at Disney Channel

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For many horror fans, Hocus Pocus is synonymous with the Halloween season, with its tale of a talking cat, a lovable zombie, and three witches out for revenge becoming a permanent fixture in many autumn movie marathons over the years. Now, 24 years after its initial release, Hocus Pocus is potentially being reimagined as a TV movie on the Disney Channel.

Deadline reports the news of the potential Hocus Pocus "reimagining," revealing that Scarlett Lacey (The Royals) is working on a script with David Kirschner on board as an executive producer. Kirschner, a producer of the original film, also helped come up with the story of Hocus Pocus, as he told a similar tale to his children as a bedtime story. Kenny Ortega, who directed the original film from a screenplay by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert, is not working on the reimagining.

The 1993 film featured a stellar cast whose chemistry
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Run For Your Lives, Virgins, Because Disney Channel Is Remaking Hocus Pocus

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In "Things We Don't Want, Don't Need, and Didn't Ask For" news, Deadline reports that the Disney Channel is rebooting Hocus Pocus as a TV movie. Yes, really. The remake will be "a reimagining" of the beloved 1993 Halloween film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, which has became a cult classic over the years. It's reportedly in the early stages of development, with The Royals's Scarlett Lacey handling the script, while David Kirschner - a producer on the original film - will serve as executive producer. Kenny Ortega directed the original, and although he's gone on to helm Disney Channel's biggest franchises (High School Musical and Descendants), he's currently not involved. The core cast of the first film is also out, since Disney is looking to revamp the story with an entirely new set of actors (womp, womp). Anyone who is not a fan of
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