Update, 3/4/20: Variety reports Disney+ has found a director for its long-awaited sequel to Hocus Pocus. The Mouse House has tapped Adam Shankman (What Men Want, Rock of Ages, Hairspray) to work his magic. He’s also currently attached to direct Disney’s Enchanted sequel Disenchanted. It’s not clear which movie he will move forward with first. But with his musical background his hiring is a good sign fans of the original film could possibly get another musical number in line with “I Put a Spell On You.”
There’s still no word yet if any of the original cast, especially the Sanderson sisters played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, will return. But Disney is said to be hopeful they will appear in the movie. Now that would be magical.
Original report: The Sanderson sisters waited 300 years to return on All Hallows’ Eve, but we won’t have to wait that long to get a sequel to Hocus Pocus. A new report, one we are positive fans will find “quite lovely,” says Disney+ is currently developing a followup to the 1993 cult classic that starred Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as three soul-sucking witches. And even though the last time we saw the children-hating siblings they had been turned to dust, the Mouse House is looking for a way to bring all of them back for a new story.
Collider reports Disney+ has hired Workaholics writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo to pen the script for a sequel to 1993’s Hocus Pocus. D’Angelo has apparently been told to find a way to bring back the Sanderson sisters, though neither Midler, Najimy, or Parker are formally attached to the project yet. Disney+ is hoping/optimistic that all three will be involved somehow, though it is unknown if they would return in main roles or as bit characters while a new generation of witches takes on the mantle of terrorizing the good people of Salem (or even possibly an all new location).
While a 2017 report said a sequel was heading to the Disney Channel, this is the latest original project attached to Disney+, which recently announced its entire massive catalogue of films, television shows, nature documentaries, and plenty of its own original programming.
Hocus Pocus 2 seems like a natural fit for the Disney+ slate, as the original film directed by Kenny Ortega has become a cult classic in the 25 plus years since its release. It has continued to find new fans after becoming a Halloween movie staple on cable television. However, its revered status with generations of viewers was not something many would have predicted. It initially disappointed, both with critics and at the box office. The movie was released to mostly negative reviews, and it pulled in under $40 million in the U.S.
Considering how beloved the movie is now, though, and also that everything Disney touches turns to gold these days (and we’re starting to think that might literally be true), we expect that Hocus Pocus 2 won’t take two decades to earn its place as part of most peoples’ regular Halloween viewing, whether the original Sanderson sisters return or not.
Of course it’s only fitting that Hocus Pocus 2 is being made for the streaming site and not for a big screen release. This way no one will have to go out to their locals theaters to see it; we will all be able to watch it while spending a quiet evening at home. And that definitely won’t be terribly uncomfortable.
Mikey Walsh is a staff writer at Nerdist. You can follow him on Twitter at @burgermike, and also anywhere someone is ranking the Targaryen kings.
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