People.com Entertainment Movies Bette Midler Slams Upcoming 'Hocus Pocus' TV Remake: 'It's Going to Be Cheap!' The new movie – being written by Scarlett Lacey – is still in development By Jodi Guglielmi Jodi Guglielmi Instagram Twitter Writer-Reporter, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines and Nigel Smith Nigel Smith Nigel Smith is Senior News Editor, Movies at PEOPLE. He is an Entertainment Editor and Writer with more than 10 years of experience in the online and print industries as a journalist, storyteller, proofreader and manager. In 2017 Smith joined the PEOPLE editorial team in New York as News Editor, Movies. He has written feature stories and reviews including interviews with Ryan Reynolds, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Hudson and Russell Crowe. Prior, he served as News Editor at the Wrap in Los Angeles, and Entertainment Editor at the Guardian, also in LA, where he covered the red carpet at major awards shows including the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Governors Awards, Grammy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. He also attended and reported on major film festivals at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, SXSW and Tribeca. Smith has appeared as an expert commentator on numerous morning and entertainment shows including Good Morning America, Today, NBC News, BBC News, Access Hollywood, NY1, PeopleTV and more. A native of Toronto, Canada, Smith graduated from Syracuse University in New York State with Master of Arts degree in Arts Journalism (Film). He is married and lives in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 31, 2017 09:16 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Sorry Hocus Pocus fans, but don’t expect to see a Bette Midler cameo in the upcoming Disney Channel remake. The actress expressed her doubts over the beloved Halloween family movie reboot, telling PEOPLE she expects the TV movie to be “cheap.” “I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” she told PEOPLE Monday at the New York Restoration Project’s Hulaween party, which Midler hosts. And when it comes to Midler’s original character of lead witch Winifred Sanderson, the actress said it’ll be tough to recast the role. Buena Vista/Courtesy Everett Collection “I’m not sure what they’re going to do with my character,” she said. “My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that.” The new movie – being written by Scarlett Lacey – is still in development, with original producer David Kirschner signed on. Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images Midler as her Hocus Pocus character at Hulaween 2016 Kenny Ortega, who directed the 1993 cult favorite, will not be involved with the new project – and neither will its original Sanderson sisters: Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. And while members of the original cast have previously expressed interest in taking part of the reboot, Midler officially squashed any hope of a surprise appearance. RELATED VIDEO: Disney Channel Working On Hocus Pocus Remake When asked if she would return for the right dollar amount, she quickly replied: “No, no, no!” Midler’s charity, New York Restoration Project (NYRP), works to make the city greener and more sustainable. The organization’s annual Hulaween gala combines Halloween with its environmentally-driven mission. The Divine Miss M can currently be seen on Broadway in Hello, Dolly!.