Tina Fey Reportedly Producing a Sequel to 'Hocus Pocus' for Disney
Following news that Disney is still trying to get a sequel to their 2007 fairytale comedy Enchanted off the ground, they studio is reaching back further into a past for another sequel that has been rumored to be in development for awhile. Hocus Pocus is a nostalgic, cult favorite among children of the 90s, so much that The Disney Channel plays it every year around Halloween. There have been vague rumors that a sequel to the film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches was in the works, but now it seems like it's a reality with Tracking Board reporting that Tina Fey is producing the film now.
First of all, for those who may not remember, the original film followed the three Sanderson sisters, witches who are raised from the dead by an unwitting teenager, who head into a small town with a plan to drain the life force of Salem’s children in exchange for eternal youth. A young Thora Birtch also starred in the film, but the most memorable part of the film has to be Midler's catchy rendition of "I Put a Spell on You." But as of now, there's no telling what kind of story the sequel would tell, or if any of the original stars would return.
Anyway, if the news is true, the "Saturday Night Live" veteran and "30 Rock" creator and Emmy winner would be behind the project by way of her Little Stranger production banner, but as of now that's all the information available. Of course, it would be nice to see her end up starring in the film. In fact, it would be interesting if this turned out to be a remake of Hocus Pocus with Fey being accompanied by Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph. And considering how well she did scripting Mean Girls, perhaps Fey wouldn't mind tackling the script as well. But we'll have to wait and see if this film actually comes together.
UPDATE: Variety looked into the original report, and Tina Fey's representatives say that the comedienne is not developing a sequel to Hocus Pocus. That doesn't mean that the sequel will never happen, but apparently Fey isn't involved if Disney is working on it. However, The Wrap reports Fey is working on some sort of Untitled Witch Project at Disney unrelated to Hocus Pocus, so the dream of her teaming up with Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph as witches is still alive.