Hocus Pocus Remake in the Works At Disney Channel

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Fans who have longed for a return of the 1993 cult classic Hocus Pocus are finally getting their wish, but perhaps not in the way they'd imagined.

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Deadline reports a "reimagining" of the comedy-horror film is in development by Disney Channel as a TV movie, without the original cast but with producer David Kirschner, who shared story credit on the 1993 feature. Kenny Ortega, who directed the original, isn't involved.

Hocus Pocus is the story of three witches, played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker, who are resurrected in the modern day and menace a group of plucky and hapless teens. The movie balanced silly antics with truly scary images: The witches rode on flying vacuum cleaners, and their minion is a zombie (played by Doug Jones) whose lips were graphically sewn shut.

Ortega, who's better known as a film choreographer, went on to direct such Disney Channel hits as High School Musical and the Descendants movies.

Rumors of a Hocus Pocus sequel have been long percolating, with Tina Fey rumored to be involved at one point. It seems those rumors are finally coming to fruition, and fans can hope that the sequel is as scary and zany as the original.

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