Caroline Goldstein
October 07, 2019 9:55 am

Our Halloween season just got a million times better. After years of hopeful rumors, it seems that a Hocus Pocus reboot is maybe, actually happening—and naturally, the cult-favorite film’s fanbase is fired up about who they think should play the legendary Sanderson sisters.

If you, unlike us, are not Hocus Pocus super-fans, and aren’t planning on watching all 30 of its airings on Freeform this month—and possibly making a drinking game out of it—here’s a quick refresher on the premise:

Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker portray Winnie, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson, a trio of sisters who were burned at the stake for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. 300 years later, floppy-haired teen Max (Omri Katz) resurrects the coven after accidentally performing a Black Flame Candle spell (hey, it happens to the best of us). Max, his little sister Dani (Thora Birch), and Max’s crush Allison (Vinessa Shaw) then need to stop the sisters from sucking the life force out of all the town’s children.

And there’s supposedly a reboot in the works—that’s the most important part.

It should be noted that Disney hasn’t officially announced that a reboot is happening. But according to Screen Rant, Hocus Pocus 2 is currently in development and will be released either on Freeform or Disney+, Disney’s new streaming service. And in keeping with the current reboot trend, HP 2 will reportedly be a remake-slash-update of the original 1993 movie, not a direct sequel.

Because details are scant, there’s no news on potential casting, either. On October 7th, Instagram account PopCulture posted its thoughts on who would make great Sanderson witches—Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Maya Rudolph—which spawned some heavy debate in the comments section of the post.

Some fans are thrilled to see their favorite evil witches revamped.

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@popculture / www.instagram.com
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@popculture / www.instagram.com

But lots of HP purists aren’t into a reboot without the original Sanderson sisters.

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@popculture / www.instagram.com
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@popculture / www.instagram.com

Personally, we think PopCulture’s choice of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Maya Rudolph as Sarah, Winnie, and Mary would do the original cast justice. But hey, we’re more than open to hearing out other options.

We’re crossing our fingers, saying a prayer, and lighting a candle for a stacked-cast reboot in the near future.  

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