Hocus Pocus
Bette Midler wasn't confident another actress would be able to captivate her role as Winifred Sanders in "Hocus Pocus" the way she did. The Disney Channel is making a revamp of the film for TV. Walt Disney Pictures

Bette Midler isn’t going to star in the TV remake of “Hocus Pocus” and the “Beaches” actress wasn’t sure someone else would be able to fill her shoes. Midler slammed the reboot, saying the revamped TV version of the 1993 cult classic would be a “cheap” knockoff.

“I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” she told People Magazine Monday at the New York Restoration Project’s Hulaween party, which the actress hosted.

As “Hocus Pocus” fans already know, Midler portrayed lead witch Winifred Sanderson. The actress wasn’t confident Disney would be able to find a suitable replacement.

“I’m not sure what they’re going to do with my character,” she said. “My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that.”

Kathy Najimy famously played Mary Sanderson and Sarah Jessica Parker portrayed Sarah Sanderson. They will not be involved in the remake either.

It isn’t about money either. When asked if there was a special price to get Midler to participate in the sequel she said, “No, no, no!”

It goes opposite what she previously said. Midler joked in 2015 that a sequel would never be made because they couldn’t find a virgin.

Midler asked fans to haunt Disney for a sequel when she was asked about it. “You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney Company,” she said during a Reddit AMA, according to CinemaBlend. “The ball's in their court ... Inundate the Disney company, because I have canvassed the girls and they are willing to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a HOCUS POCUS 2, ask the Walt Disney company ... SISTAHS!”

On the 20-year anniversary of the film, the “Wind Beneath My Wings” singer said “Hocus Pocus” was her favorite movie. “Kids, grown-ups, everyone takes part in it. This movie was kind of like the beginning of the wave,” she said in 2013, according to Huffington Post. “We had a great time making it. It was Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker and I and we laughed the whole time."

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