Despite pretty much every actor from Hocus Pocus practically begging to return in a sequel to the 1993 film, it looks like we’re instead getting, well, *something* that’s going straight to the Disney Channel. As we reported last September, Scarlett Lacey (The Royals) is writing what we assume is a remake/reimagining, without the main cast.
Not surprisingly, Bette Midler was not happy to hear that news.
Of course, things could always change, and we really have no idea what form the made-for-TV movie is even going to take. But Doug Jones, who of course played Winifred’s undead ex-boyfriend Billy Butcherson in the ’93 film, is hopeful for a comeback.
“There was talk about doing a ’20 years later’ sequel that I would have been involved with,” The Shape of Water star tells Digital Spy. “I was actually approached and asked about that. I would love to reprise Billy Butcherson.”
He continues, “It’s not off the table. The news article that I read about this TV movie sounds like… I’m not sure if it’s a reboot or if it is that ’20 years later’ sequel. It was grey about what the storyline was. So I’m just going to keep my knees bent and be ready in case they call.”