There were rumors going around over the weekend linking a possible sequel to Hocus Pocus, the 1993 Disney movie that’s since gained something of a cult following, and Tina Fey, who was said to be both producing and starring in it.
To quickly correct the record: Fey is indeed involved in the making of a family-safe movie about witches, but it won’t be Hocus Pocus 2, which according to Deadline isn’t even a thing, at least yet.
Hocus Pocus, if you’ll recall, was the first in Disney’s string of attempts throughout the ’90s to perfect a horror film with just enough levity and innocence to make it marketable to kids. These movies — Don’t Look Under the Bed, Halloweentown, etc. — invariably aired on the Disney Channel sometime in October and gave some big names an unlikely start. (Before Sarah Jessica Parker was Carrie Bradshaw, she was a witch with an appetite for the souls of children in Hocus Pocus; 15-year-old Kirsten Dunst, meanwhile, was in Tower of Terror.)