‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel Adds To Cast, Starts Production

Hocus Pocus 2 is getting its mojo on.

The much-anticipated sequel to the hit 1993 feature this week started shooting in Providence, R.I., according to The Hollywood Reporter, and has also signed Sam Richardson (The Tomorrow War) to play an undisclosed role alongside the witchy Sanderson Sisters.

To the delight of fans, all three stars of the original film–Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy (who was recently a guest at CT HorrorFest)–are reprising their memorable roles in this sequel that will see three young woman “accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern-day Salem” and who then must somehow stop the “child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world,” according to the official synopsis.

Hocus Pocus 2–directed by Anne Fletcher (The Guilt Trip) from a screenplay by Jen D’Angelo–is expected to air on Disney+ sometime in the autumn of 2022 (maybe close to Halloween?).

The original Hocus Pocus–directed by Kenny Ortega from a screenplay by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert–followed the adventures of the Sanderson Sisters after they were resurrected on Halloween night in Salem, Mass. The movie reportedly lost $16 million overall for Disney, but built a considerable fan base through the years and has become something of a Halloween season staple.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all future updates on Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney+.

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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