The Sanderson Sisters are returning to Salem! But they won’t be the witches we know and love.

Yesterday, we reported on rumblings that a long awaited Hocus Pocus sequel may finally be happening. Mick Garris, co-writer of the 1993 Halloween comedy, mentioned that a script was in development. Fans of the Sanderson sisters were overjoyed at the prospect of seeing the girls cause witchy havoc once again. Well today, we have confirmation of the rumors! But sadly, it’s not the sequel most of us dreamed of. Instead, we’re getting a remake — without the original cast.

The project is in early development from Disney Channel, according to Deadline. The film is being called a “re-imagining,” so whether that shakes out as a straight remake or more of a reboot remains to be seen.  Scarlett Lacey (The Royalswill be writing the new film. David Kirschner — a producer of the original — will executive produce. Kirschner is the only person involved in the original film currently slated to return. Instead, the new movie will have an all new cast and director.


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Fans of Hocus Pocus may have a hard time warming up to anyone else stepping into the shoes of the Sanderson Sisters. After all, it was the brilliant comedic powers and chemistry of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy that made the original the cult classic it is today.

Garris seemed to agree. When asked if the original trio would return for the new film, he said;

I think they are, yeah, I think they are. If they don’t do that I think it would be a big mistake because all three of them are still so incredibly potent and powerful and great performers and who else can recreate those characters?

Maybe he knows something we don’t? We can only hope, because the idea of Hocus Pocus without the original witchy trio is a terrifying thought indeed.