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Hocus Pocus hokum? Tina Fey sequel not happening

Rumors of a Tina Fey-led Hocus Pocus sequel rocked the internets this week, but Fey’s production company, Little Stranger, denies the project’s veracity.

Fans of the film were alive with nostalgic glee after a site called Tracking Board erroneously reported on the supposed sequel, but sadly, the excitement was short-lived.

A rep for Fey asserted that “Tina is not developing a sequel to Hocus Pocus.”

Variety instead reported that Fey is in talks with Disney to produce and possibly star in an as-yet-untitled witchcraft-themed film alongside Cinderella producer Allison Shearmur.

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The 1993 film featured Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three bumbling witches who come back to haunt their hometown of Salem after a teenager named Max lights the mysterious black-flame candle. Once the witches come back to life, Max, his sister Dani (Thora Birch), and Max’s secret crush Allison have till dawn to vanquish the witches, before the evil trio sucks the life out of all of Salem’s children.

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The movie was not a critical hit, but it developed a strong fan base for its witty banter, campy humor and oh-so-catchy “I put a Spell on You” song-and-dance number. In fact, die-hard fans have been pushing for a Hocus Pocus musical for years, hoping their grassroots cheerleading would get the attention of Disney execs.

Maybe the recent upsurge in enthusiasm for the project will help convince Disney that there is indeed an audience for more Hocus Pocus. In the meantime, though, you can still enjoy a little throwback Thursday with the boogie-woogie witches of Salem, Massachusetts.

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