It’s Official! The Sanderson Sisters Return For ‘Hocus Pocus 2’

Here’s a Halloween treat children of all ages can appreciate. The long-awaited (and much-discussed) Hocus Pocus sequel seems to be a go–with all three lead actresses ready to weave their magic once again.

Bette Midler–who played Winifred Sanderson in the 1993 fan-favorite film–confirmed the months-long rumors swirling around a possible Disney+ sequel during a recent interview, as reported by

“They want to make a movie,” Midler said. “They’ve asked us if we were interested and, of course, all of us said yes.” The “us” alluded to, naturally, are Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Sanderson) and Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson). “I’m game,” Midler added. “I’m totally game.”

In fact, the cinematic siblings warmed up for the big dance with a special one-night-only occasion for a good cause. Midler this week announced on Instagram that the actresses will reunite to host a virtual charity event–In Search of the Sandersons–on Oct. 30 to benefit the New York Restoration Project.

“It was so bizarre to have been these characters 27 years ago,” Midler said. “(But) we fell into exactly the same relationship we had and the same style of behaving on-screen. As if we had been off for a weekend.”

Hocus Pocus 2–which will be directed by Adam Shankman from a screenplay by Jen D’Angelo–apparently will be a follow-up to the original film, which told the story of three witch sisters who are inadvertently resurrected by a teenage boy on Halloween night in Salem, Mass.

The original–co-written by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert and helmed by Kenny Ortega–did not do well at the box office (reportedly losing some $16 million for Disney overall), but has become a Halloween staple since then.

Shooting on the sequel may start early next year in Los Angeles and Massachusetts, but no release date has been set as of this writing. So keep reading Horror News Network for further details on Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney+.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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