The three lead actresses in Hocus Pocus could magically reappear for a Disney+ sequel, according to a recent report.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy–who portrayed the three “witchy” Sanderson Sisters at the center of the 1993 original film–are in talks to reprise their roles, as reported by movieweb.com.
The report–which originated with the publication The DisInsider–said the talks have been held through Zoom meetings. However, no official signings have been confirmed by Disney as of this writing.
But all three stars reportedly have expressed an interest in “reappearing” in Hocus Pocus 2. “I think that Bette, Kathy and I are very hospitable to the idea,” Parker said earlier this year. “I think now we have gotten to the point where we all have agreed publicly to the right people that it would be a very, very fun idea.”
Midler also seemed excited about a Hocus Pocus reunion. When discussing the possibility last year, the actress called Winifred Sanderson “one of my favorite characters. I hope Disney+ is a huge success, and I hope we get to do it. We wanna fly again.”
The original Hocus Pocus–directed by Kenny Ortega and co-written by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert–tells the scary story of three witch sisters who are inadvertently resurrected by a teenage boy on Halloween night in Salem, Mass. (naturally).
This film–which also starred Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw and Doug Jones–did not do well at the box office (actually, it may have lost up to $16 million for Disney), but has found a loyal fan base during its annual Halloween showings.
Plans already are afoot with Disney+ for Adam Shankman to direct the sequel from a screenplay by Jen D’Angelo. Cameras reportedly may start rolling early next year in Los Angeles and Massachusetts. No debut date for the sequel has been set, but sometime around Halloween 2021 would be a good bet.
So, keep reading Horror News Network for further details on the fate of the Sanderson Sisters and the plans for Hocus Pocus 2.