Bette Midler is not happy about Disney’s ‘Hocus Pocus’ TV remake

Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker in Hocus Pocus. Bil Browning

Bette Midler isn’t exactly thrilled with the upcoming Hocus Pocus remake the Disney Channel is producing – and former co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy aren’t really feeling it either.

The classic Halloween family movie came out in 1993 and starred the three actresses as sister witches. Remake or sequels have been rumored for years and all three have expressed interest in returning to their roles as the Sanderson sisters.

But when Disney announced they would remake the movie for television, none of the original stars were asked to return.

Asked about the remake at her annual New York Restoration Project’s Hulaween party, Midler didn’t mince words, saying the TV movie would be “cheap.”

“I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” she told People magazine. “I’m not sure what they’re going to do with my character. My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that.”

After finding out that none of the original cast nor the original director, Kenny Ortega, would be attached to the project, the actresses enthusiasm for the project dropped precipitously.

Asked if she would appear in a cameo if offered enough money, Midler shot back with “No, no, no!”

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