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Hocus Pocus Was Originally Going To Be Called 'Halloween House' And Be A Lot Darker

Hocus Pocus Was Originally Going To Be Called 'Halloween House' And Be A Lot Darker

So I've got some terrible news to share with you all - Hocus Pocus wasn't originally going to be the family-friendly Halloween staple that we've all come to know and love.

For those of you that are too young to remember the film, in short, the story follows three witches, who are inadvertently brought to life after a teenager visits an abandoned house and accidentally releases them.

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Well anyway, it turns out that the movie was originally going to be called Halloween House and it was going to be a lot 'darker'.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, writer Mick Garris said that when he came on board, Steven Spielberg was interested. He explained: "He 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."

Spielberg passed, and Mick went on to write a very different version of the movie, and made it much more 'comedic'. He added: "What I had written originally was about 12-year-olds. The kids being younger and in more jeopardy was certainly something more explicitly frightening."

So eventually the kids became 16 years old and they even added this scene, which definitely would never appear in a Spielberg film...

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Imagine if it was a dark film?! I can't get over it.

Recently, rumours came to light that Hocus Pocus was getting a remake.

Credit: Disney

The new and updated version of the movie was reportedly being written by The Royals' Scarlett Lacey, with the original producer, David Kirschner also on-board.

However, it's since been reported that the remake will be on TV. Boo.

Bette Midler, Kathy Nagimy and Sarah Jessica Parker stole the show as the villainous witches, back in the 90s, so it's hard to imagine anyone else playing the part.

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It's been 24 years since the original film hit our screens, and we are wondering why on earth they haven't done this sooner.

The writer of the cult film, Martin Garris, spoke to Forbes, where he gave his thoughts on the new, re-imagined version of the movie, despite not being directly involved. But anyway.

Garris said that he had heard that the production was 'moving ahead', and explained why he thought it would be a 'big mistake' not to include the original cast.

He told Forbes: "There have been rumours of a Hocus Pocus sequel for the last 10 years that will not die. I have heard they are developing the script.

"I haven't been involved in it but I think there will be a sequel, it might be for Disney Channel or Freeform or ABC. I think it will be for television but I hear that it is moving ahead."

When asked whether he knew if the existing cast members would be involved, he said: "I think they are, yeah, I think they are. If they don't do that I think it would be a big mistake because all three of them are still so incredibly potent and powerful and great performers - and who else can recreate those characters?"

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Credit: Disney

We aren't gonna lie. It's going to be tough to fill those shoes. But who knows, we could be pleasantly surprised.

Either way, we are definitely down for a nostalgic revisit to the magical realms of Hocus Pocus.

Featured Image Credit: Disney

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity News, TV News, TV Entertainment

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - mel.ramsay@pretty52.com

 

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