Just as quickly as the long-rumored Hocus Pocus 2 started showing signs of life, with a report earlier today that Tina Fey is on board to produce, Variety reveals that the story is not true. Here's what the actress/producer's rep had to say, in debunking the rumor.
"Their report is not accurate - Tina is not developing a sequel to Hocus Pocus."
However, while Deadline's own report confirms that the actress is not involved with Hocus Pocus 2, they reveal that she is actually developing something new, a movie known only as the Untitled Witch Project for Disney. She is attached to both produce and star in this non-sequel.
The original story from earlier today claimed that Hocus Pocus 2 was to center on a housewife, who is related to the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) from the original Hocus Pocus. She teams up with a witch hunter to save her son from a resurrected trio of witches on Halloween night. That story also said that producers were seeking "a Tina Fey-type" and "a Melissa McCarthy-type" for the two lead roles. Since no story details were revealed about the Untitled Witch Project, it's possible that this plot is actually for the new project, and not Hocus Pocus 2. That has not been confirmed. Its also possible that Melissa McCarthy is still being courted to star opposite Tina Fey in the Untitled Witch Project.