All the rumors, all the reports have finally come to fruition–the Mouse has given his approval to Hocus Pocus 2 with the three original Sanderson Sisters.
At its 2020 Investor Day this week, Disney confirmed that a sequel to the 1993 cult classic will come exclusively to Disney+ on a day (hopefully) in the near future (but as yet undetermined), as reported by cbr.com. And, yes, the three original stars are reprising their beloved roles.
The much-hyped, much-rumored sequel–directed and choreographed (apparently we’re looking at some dance numbers) by Adam Shankman from a screenplay by Jen D’Angelo–reportedly will star Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the beguiling Sanderson Sisters–Winifred, Sarah and Mary. And, by all accounts, the witchy trio is thrilled with the cinematic resurrection.
All three actors reportedly have read the script and are excited about the treatment. Midler is on record as saying, “I think all of us agreed that it was pretty great.” When asked about the project, she added, “I’m game. I’m totally game.”
The original film–directed by Kenny Ortega from a script by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert–told the now-familiar tale of three witch sisters who are inadvertently brought back to life by a teenage boy on Halloween night in Salem, Mass. The movie was a bit of a box office bomb–reportedly losing some $16 million for Disney overall–but has grown into a Halloween staple over the years.
While there has been no definitive word yet on the storyline for Hocus Pocus 2, fans will remember that the original ended with a cliffhanger of sorts–with the evil spell book used to summon the witches opening an eye to the camera. Here’s lookin’ at you, sisters!
So, keep reading Horror News Network for all future updates on the spellbinding sequel to Hocus Pocus on Disney+.