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 JoBlo.com.
“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+.