Fans of Disney's "Hocus Pocus" have been clamoring for a sequel for years, so imagine their disappointment after learning the Mouse House is working on a remake instead ... without the original cast.
News dropped Thursday morning that "The Royals" writer Scarlett Lacey will work on the script for the film, with OG producer David Kirschner executive producing. The project will have a totally new cast and original director Kenny Ortega will be involved, according to Deadline.
The 1993 cult classic centered around the Sanderson Sisters, three witches played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, who return from the grave on Halloween night to terrorize three young adults in Salem, Massachusetts.
The main trio previously said they'd all return for a sequel. "I have canvassed the girls and they are willing to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a HOCUS POCUS 2, ask the Walt Disney company," Midler said in a 2014 Reddit AMA.
"I have read Bette's quote and I agree. The outpouring of love from Hocus-ites has been astounding," Najimy added at the time. "The creativity of their Sanderson sisters costumes, posters, artwork, T-shirts, statues, TV stills, photos, compliments and line quotes have blown up social media and I want them to know.. We see and appreciate it all. When a film is being shot, you never quite know the impact.. If it'll be a hit or a miss, and..with this one...we hear y'all loud and clear! A sequel is totally in The Disney company's hands-- And it will be exciting to see what transpires!"
Fans shared their anger towards the remake on social media -- see the most savage reactions below:
good morning, found out they are apparently remaking hocus pocus so i am going back to bed until that project is cancelled