“Hocus Pocus” fans shouldn’t light the black flame candle just yet. Despite rumors that a sequel to the 1993 witchy comedy is in the works with Tina Fey, a rep for the actress is denying any involvement.
Speculation about a second installment or reboot of the cult Disney movie sparked up on Wednesday morning after Tracking-board.com reported that Tina Fey’s production company, “Little Stranger,” was on board to produce the untitled project. The site claimed that Allison Shearmur, Bryan Oh and Stephen Meinen of Allison Shearmur Productions were onboard for the movie, along with Disney executives Jessica Virtue and Tendo Nagenda.
According to E! Online, Disney currently doesn’t have any plans for a sequel to the film that starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy . However it is true that the “Saturday Night Live” alum is working on a new supernatural movie.
“Hocus Pocus 2” has been a hot topic ever since the movie celebrated its 20th anniversary in October 2013. The cast and crew of the 1993 film reunited at the Disney Studio Lot thanks to D23, the official Disney fan club. D23 claimed that the event was the “largest reunion of the cast and crew in the film’s history.” In attendance was Najimy (Mary Sanderson), David Kirschner (producer and creator), Thora Birch (Dani), Doug Jones (Billy Butcherson), Vinessa Shaw (Allison), Omri Katz (Max), John Debney (composer) and William Sandell (production designer).
While Najimy joked about a sequel, Kirschner reportedly told fans in attendance that a sequel was definitely possible and was being pitched to Disney. No official announcement about a second installment was ever made.
Another rumor of “Hocus Pocus 2” circulated in 2012 by Moviehole.net. The site claimed that the sequel was titled “Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch,” and was about a “new cackling evildoer. Disney shot down a rumor in July 2012, telling Huffington Post, “the studio is not developing a sequel to ‘Hocus Pocus.’”