Disney’s 1993 cult classic Hocus Pocus is turning into a problematic Halloween favorite — more than 20 years after its debut, the film is getting the TV reboot treatment. How excited should fans be, though? After all, Bette Midler is not a a fan of the Hocus Pocus remake. And she doesn’t care who knows.
The Hocus Pocus star didn’t mince words when she spoke to People.
When asked for her thoughts on the Disney TV remake, the Sanderson Sister had a lot to say. In one word? “Cheap.” She anticipates the remake will be “cheap.” Damn, Winnie!
“I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” the actress reportedly told People, without elaboration. She made these comments at New York Restoration Project’s Hulaween party, which she hosts every year. So, to be clear, she was shading the upcoming remake of a movie she starred in, while hosting a Halloween party. Iconic.
Unfortunately, this means fans should not hope for a Midler cameo in the remake.
Bette Midler is not a fan of the idea, and no amount of money could persuade her to join.
She said so herself, though more delicately than that. She’s even thrown the casting process into question. “I’m not sure what they’re going to do with my character,” the actress commented, “My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that.”
In Mudler’s defense, OG director Kenny Ortega isn’t returning for the film.
Also, the original writer isn’t on board, and no cast members from the 1993 version have been asked to join the reboot – yet. It’s fair of her to raise doubts, even if it seems a tad bitter. If you’re involved with the production, though, look out! Bette Midler just might put a spell on you.