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Tina Fey to Produce, Possibly Star in Hocus Pocus 2 with Melissa McCarthy

By Brian Gallagher — July 2nd, 2014

More than 20 years after it debuted in theaters, Walt Disney Pictures is developing a sequel to the 1993 magical comedy Hocus Pocus, which now has Tina Fey on board to produce.

There has been talk of Hocus Pocus 2 for several years, with Disney denying rumors of a follow-up entitled Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch back in 2012. In April, The Tracking Board reported that the production is seeking two lead female actresses, "in the same vein as Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy." It isn't known yet if Tina Fey will take on one of these leading roles, but she is producing alongside Allison Shearmur, Bryan Oh and Stephen Meinen, along with Disney executives Jessica Virtue and Tendo Nagenda.

The original Hocus Pocus starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson Sisters, three immortal witches who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. It's up to a group of teenagers and an immortal cat to save their town.

The sequel is set years after the original, focusing on a housewife who is related to the Sanderson sisters. She must team up with a witch hunter to save her children after they encounter a group of resurrected witches on Halloween. It is believed that the producers want the Tina Fey-type for the housewife and the Melissa McCarthy-type for the witch hunter, although those roles could easily be reversed.

No screenwriter, director, or actors are attached at this time, but it seems the project is certainly moving forward. Tina Fey will next be seen in This Is Where I Leave You, and she is about to start production on The Nest, alongside Amy Poehler. Are you excited to see what Hocus Pocus 2 will look like? Chime in with your thoughts below.

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