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‘Hocus Pocus’ Director Kenny Ortega on Film’s Remake Without Bette Midler & Sarah Jessica Parker

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Hocus Pocus‘ Director Kenny Ortega on Film’s Remake Without Bette Midler & Sarah Jessica Parker
By Leena Tailor?
October 09, 2017

Hocus Pocus director Kenny Ortega says the Disney Channel’s upcoming remake of the 1993 Halloween flick would be “much more fun” with the film’s original cast.

ET confirmed in September that a “new iteration” of the beloved movie was in the works, with a new cast taking over the roles of the three witch sisters originally played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

“More power to ’em!” Ortega told ET’s Deidre Behar at The L.A. Dance Project’s annual gala at their brand new space in downtown Los Angeles, Californiaon Saturday. “I would like to see a sequel, and I think that the fans would like to see a sequel.”

“I think it would be much more fun to bring the ladies back,” the producer, director and choreographer added. “They’re all still vital and in their prime and capable of doing so much that it would be great to see Bette and Kathy and Sarah come back together to do another movie and I think they would like to.”

Ortega, 67, believes that the success of the upcoming film hinges on making “new magic.”

“I don’t think you have to recreate the magic,” he said. “I think you start all over and make new magic.”

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