For decades, devoted fans have been asking about a follow-up to Disney’s cult classic Halloween film, Hocus Pocus. Now, after years of rumors, the long-awaited sequel to the beloved family film is finally officially happening. And yes, all the original witchy Sanderson Sisters are riding back in on their broomsticks. Not to mention some other familiar faces. Here’s everything we know about the Disney+ sequel, Hocus Pocus 2.
As far as we know from all official sources from Disney, the title for the film is just Hocus Pocus 2. Hopefully they come up with a more creative name closer to release. (How is “Amok, amok, amok!” not in the title)? But for now, it’s just a very basic Hocus Pocus 2.
Hocus Pocus 2‘s Plot
According to a Disney+ press release, Hocus Pocus 2 takes place “29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th century sisters, executed for practicing witchcraft. And they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high school students to figure out how to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem. All before midnight on All Hallow’s Eve.”
From the sound of things, it sounds like the plot doesn’t stray too far from the ideas in the original 1993 movie. Honestly, no one wants them to reinvent the wheel for this one.
Behind the Scenes
Jen D’Angelo (Workaholics) has written the screenplay for Hocus Pocus 2, with Anne Fletcher directing. Fletcher is a choreographer with decades of film work, with films such as Boogie Nights and Hairspray on her resume. She’s also directed movies like Step Up and The Proposal. Fletcher replaced her longtime friend Adam Shankman, who was originally set to direct. But commitments to the Disney+ sequel Disenchanted forced him to give up the reigns. Filming is taking place in Newport, Rhode Island.
Hocus Pocus 2‘s Cast
All three original sisters are back. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are reprising their roles as Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson, Sarah Sanderson, and Mary Sanderson, respectively.
Also coming back is fantasy and sci-fi legend Doug Jones as their undead lackey, Billy Butcherson. Long before he was in Guillermo Del Toro’s films or on Star Trek: Discovery, Jones got his start in the original Hocus Pocus.
Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, and Belissa Escobedo also star in the film as three women in modern-day Salem who make enemies of the Sanderson Sisters. Other cast members include Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Hannah Waddingham, and Froy Gutierrez. No word yet if the original film’s kids, Omri Katz and Thora Birch, will make cameos. But we have our fingers crossed.
Hocus Pocus 2 Release Date
Disney+ will drop Hocus Pocus 2 sometime in late 2022. We’re going to venture a guess and say “sometime around October.”