Hocus Pocus Remake


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The Sanderson sisters in the original Hocus Pocus.

Stephen Serrano, Section Editor

Originally starring Bette Midler who plays Winifred Sanderson, Sarah Jessica Parker who plays Sarah Sanderson, and Kathy Najimy who plays Mary Sanderson, Hocus Pocus follows the trio of witches in Salem (Vanity Fair). The witches use children to stay youthful and then ultimately curse a boy and his sister. In the end, they are defeated by Max, Allison, and Dani. The boy and his sister are finally laid to rest in their graves after 300 years. A timeless classic from 1993, Hocus Pocus is a Halloween movie that is enjoyed by all generations. Recently, news has been circling around about the new remake that does not include the original cast. A vast majority of Hocus Pocus fans are not on board in supporting this new reboot.

The remake will be a reimagined story of the original plot (Popsugar). According to Vanity Fair, the movie is going to be recast without the original cast. Although wanting to reprise their roles, Disney has not contacted Midler, Parker, or Najimy for the film. Similarly, Kenny Ortega, the director of Descendants and High School Musical series was not asked to direct the reboot. According to Mick Garris, a film writer of the original has heard that “they are developing the script.” Opposed to being released in theaters, the remake of Hocus Pocus was also heard to be premiering on either Disney Channel, Freeform, or ABC (Popsugar).

On a regular basis, films that are played in theaters have an expensive budget. Because of the rumors based on the release on TV, many fans have speculated that the new movie will have a cheap budget. Agreeing with that notion, original cast member, Bette Midler said that “I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” at her annual Hulaween party in New York (Vogue). The public knows for sure that Midler is not supporting the remake.

It is going to be hard for many people to accept that all of the iconic roles showcased in Hocus Pocus will be replaced by different actors. Roles like these are so well-known that any other portrayals of these characters will not be as great as the originals. Some fans have pointed fingers at Adele to play Winifred Sanderson because she wore her costume this year.

In many ways, it is difficult to approve of new actors taking the spots of legendary characters. A fan of the 1993 version, Sarah Frazier (10) believes that “the sequel is not necessary because the movie is amazing as is. Also the fact that they are not having any of the original cast makes the movie lose the magic it once had.” With the plot and actors still being created and cast, the Hocus Pocus remake will have some tough critics. Stay tuned for more information on this Halloween classic reboot.