‘Hocus Pocus,’ Greatest Halloween Movie Of All Time, Is Officially Getting a Remake

‘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 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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Hocus Pocus Remake in Development at Disney Channel

Hocus Pocus Remake in Development at Disney Channel
Disney Channel is hoping to put a (somewhat) familiar spell on you.

The children’s cable network is developing a remake of the 1993 Walt Disney film Hocus Pocus, our sister site Deadline reports.

The original Hocus Pocus, directed by Kenny Ortega, starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three witches accidentally resurrected in Salem, Mass. The remake, to be written by Scarlett Lacey (The Royals), is expected to include an all new cast and director. David Kirschner, a producer on the original film, will serve as an Ep.

Ortega, whose recent credits include two of Disney Channel’s biggest film franchises,
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‘Hocus Pocus’ TV Movie In Works At Disney Channel

Disney Channel is in early stages of development on a Hocus Pocus TV movie, a reimagining of the 1993 cult classic Walt Disney feature, which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. 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 1993 film was written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris, based on a story by Garris and Kirschner, and directed by zKenny…
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31 Days of Horror (Witches): The Art of Witchcraft

With the eve when the veils between worlds is at its thinnest around the corner, it’s difficult not to think of the day’s most prominently featured figure: the witch. Below is an essential viewing list, ranging in genre and targeted age group, of filmic work that showcase witches (loosely defined for our purposes) and show just how badass and horrifying these heralds of the supernatural can be.


American Horror Story: Coven

Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk

USA, 2013

This anthology television series, which premiered last week, promises another visually stunning horrifying boundary pushing work with its third season. Coven begins by following young Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who discovers her supernatural roots in a rather gruesome incident and is then whisked off to a private school for ‘talented’ young women. Set between the present day and the 1830s, Coven promises a panoply of witch-related themes including witch hunts,
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I Finally Watched 'The Adventures of Pluto Nash'

With Eddie Murphy's Tower Heist arriving in theaters this Friday, November 4, I felt I should finally post another installment in my "I Finally Watched..." series and get to that Netflix copy of The Adventures of Pluto Nash that had been sitting on my coffee table for the last month or so. But if you're expecting a lambasting similar to what I gave Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever and Skyline, I'm sorry, that's not going to be the case. At least not entirely... No, Pluto Nash isn't good, in fact it's quite bad, but it's not bad in the way its reputation would lead you to believe. It's not offensively awful or even a film I would immediately turn to in conversation if we were discussing bad films. In fact, if you cut out a few of the sex jokes and the swearing this would play more like an innocent PG-rated film for 8-10 year-olds,
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Science-fiction Films That Changed the World

Oy, been back from Australia for nearly a week and I'm still jet-lagged and groggy. So naturally it's a perfect time to handle a deep and existential question that has come into my mailbox: Can a science fiction movie change the world? Has a science fiction movie changed the world? Whoa, dude. I'm suddenly back in my college dorm room, with the black light on, listening to Dark Side of the Moon. That's, like, heavy, man. But it's also an interesting question, although, as with so many things, we have to define our terms. "Changing the world" is a highly fungible phrase, since, if you want to get really pedantic, any action changes the world, although generally in a highly trivial or specific manner, the effects of which may not be obvious. For example, the film The Adventures of Pluto Nash is not generally considered to be a world-changing science-fiction film.
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Adventures of Pluto Nash

The drawing power of Eddie Murphy is bound to be severely tested by this wildly unfunny sci-fi/action comedy, unveiled Friday without press screenings. Playing a nightclub owner on the moon, even Murphy's expert comic timing and famed charisma can't rescue this effort, which also boasts a talented cast of supporting players similarly lost in space. The inevitable boxoffice disaster is likely to result in yet another "Nutty Professor" or "Doctor Dolittle" to restore Murphy's luster.

Written by Neil Cuthbert, whose resume includes "Mystery Men" and "Hocus Pocus", the film is set on the moon in the year 2087. Pluto Nash is a smuggler-turned-nightclub owner thanks to the ill fortune of his best friend, Tony Jay Mohr). One day, Pluto is approached by a pair of hired thugs working for a mysterious gangster named Rex Crater who wants to take over his operation. When Pluto refuses to sell, he finds himself fighting for his life, aided by his beautiful new waitress Dina (Rosario Dawson) and Bruno (Randy Quaid), his bald-headed robot bodyguard nearing obsolescence.

The plot's confusing twists and turns suggest some severe editing-room cutting, as do the abbreviated appearances by a slew of talented performers, including Joe Pantoliano as the aforementioned thug, Luis Guzman as a Pluto Nash fan and victim of robot abuse who helps him out of a jam, Peter Boyle as a retired cop and Pluto's confidant, Illeana Douglas as a specialist in "body alteration" and Burt Young as a loan shark. Far more egregious are the complete wastes of Pam Grier, who plays Pluto's mother and is not even allowed to kick any butt, and John Cleese, almost literally phoning it in as the officious automated driver (seen on a video screen) of a stolen car.

Making an unbilled cameo is Alec Baldwin as a Gotti-like mobster.

The space angle, which is ostensibly what makes the picture distinctive, results in such tired satirical bits as signs advertising Trump buildings and paper money featuring the visage of Hillary Clinton (those are the jokes, folks). Murphy finds himself in the uncharacteristic position of mainly playing straight man, to little comedic effect. If he had been allowed to improvise or riff more often, some fun might have resulted, but he mostly seems hemmed in. Scoring the few laughs in the picture are Quaid as the ultra-stiff robot and Mohr as a space-age lounge singer.

Tech credits are adequate, with elaborate sets built in Montreal providing some imaginative futuristic touches. The clever soundtrack features hip-hop versions of such songs as "Blue Moon" and "Dancin' in the Moonlight".


Warner Bros. Pictures

A Castle Rock Entertainment presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment

A Bregman production


Director: Ron Underwood

Screenwriter: Neil Cuthbert

Producers: Martin Bregman, Michael Bregman, Louis A. Stroller

Executive producer: Bruce Berman

Director of photography: Oliver Wood

Production designer: Bill Brzeski

Editors: Paul Hirsch, Alan Heim

Music: John Powell


Pluto Nash: Eddie Murphy

Bruno: Randy Quaid

Dina Lake: Rosario Dawson

Mogan: Joe Pantoliano

Tony Francis: Jay Mohr

Felix Laranga: Luis Guzman

Belcher: James Rebhorn

Rowland: Peter Boyle

Gino: Burt Young

Miguel: Miguel A. Nunez Jr

Flura Nash: Pam Grier

James: John Cleese

Running time -- 91 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13

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