This is the Disney movie that Spielberg would have liked to direct


The director still remembers the opportunity he missed with a successful Mickey Mouse Company production. Find out what it is here!

Steven Spielberg presented The Fabelmans at the Toronto Film Festival.

©GettySteven Spielberg presented The Fabelmans at the Toronto Film Festival.

The flawless filmography of Steven Spielberg undoubtedly makes him one of the most recognized filmmakers in the film industry. The Ohio-born director built his success on classic como Jaws, Indiana Jones, ET, The Alien, Schindler’s List That is Saving Private Ryan. And although he continues to expand his career with new productions, the truth is that the popular screenwriter still regrets not having been able to direct a certain film. disney.

It is Hocus Pocus, known in Latin America as Abracadabra. The film originally had its premiere in 1993 under the direction of Kenny Ortega and with memorable performances from Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. The film quickly became a hit: mixing comedy and horror, it told the story of three witches who had been sentenced to death in Salem and who are ready to return 300 years later on Halloween.

Such was the phenomenon of this feature film, which its sequel will arrive on Disney+ on September 30. The official synopsis reads:It’s been 29 years since the last time someone lit the black flame candle and resurrected the 17th century sisters, who now seek revenge. It is now up to three high school students to stop the three vengeful witches from unleashing a new kind of mayhem on Salem before dawn on All Saints Day.”.

While Spielberg helmed some notable projects, he still remembers when he missed directing the original film. Hocus Pocus. David Kirschnerscreenwriter and producer of the film, worked with the famous filmmaker in 1986 on An American tail. In dialogue with The Wrap, he recalled an anecdote with kathleen kennedywho was then a partner of the director of jurassic park. ” She was Steven’s producer and now runs George Lucas’ company, Lucasfilm. Kathy came up to me at the Amblin Christmas party and said, ‘You know, you really hurt Steven. And I was like, ‘What?’ What could I have done? What…?“said the screenwriter.

Thus, he insisted: “Kennedy said to me, ‘He gave you your first movie, An American Tail. You didn’t even offer him Hocus Pocus. You went straight to Disney’. Honestly, I had tears in my eyes. It’s a very painful memory for me to have upset Steven, to whom… I owe everything!”. With this admission, it is finally revealed that Steven Spielberg would have loved to be the filmmaker behind the success of Hocus Pocus.

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