In a new Untold Stories video over on Entertainment Weekly, the cast and crew of Halloween classic Hocus Pocus spilled some stories and shared fun memories today.
For starters, did you know that the ’93 film, penned by master of horror Mick Garris, was originally titled Halloween House? Furthermore, Steven Spielberg was nearly involved!
“David Kirschner, who [was one of the writers of] An American Tail for Steven Spielberg, had this great idea about children in Salem, Massachusetts, coming up against the three Sanderson sisters, who were resurrected from the Salem of 1692, and he’d sold it to Disney,” Garris told the site. “[Spielberg] loved it until he found out that Disney was already involved. At that time, Disney and Amblin were very competitive in the family-film market, so neither of them wanted to be in business with the other. [But] it was very close to being a project with Steven Spielberg.”
How did Garris’ script, written in the ’80s, differ from what made it onto the screen in director Kenny Ortega‘s film? According to Garris himself, it was a bit darker.
“What I had written originally was about 12-year-olds,” Garris noted. “The kids being younger and in more jeopardy was certainly something more explicitly frightening.”
Watch the Untold Stories video below for more secrets!