Another witching hour is upon us. Sources tell Variety that a follow-up to 1993’s Hocus Pocus is officially brewing at Disney+. Below, everything we know about the spellbinding news, including which Sanderson sisters are set to return.
The Hocus Pocus sequel has found a director.
Adam Shankman, the director behind films including Hairspray and A Walk to Remember, will helm the movie with a script from Workaholics writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo. Shankman takes over for the original movie’s director, Kenny Ortega, who went on to lead the High School Musical and Descendants trilogies.
The film will premiere on Disney+.
According to Variety, the Hocus Pocus sequel will premiere on Disney’s streaming service. It joins projects such as the live-action Lady and the Tramp and the disrupted Lizzie McGuire reboot as original titles on the streamer.
There’s no word on if the original cast is involved.
Before fans can truly run amuck over a proper Hocus Pocus 2, Variety reports that none of the original cast members—Bette Midler as Winifred, Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah, and Kathy Najimy as Mary—have signed on to the project. The outlet notes that “Disney is hopeful that they will become involved in some capacity,” adding, “sources say that ideally the trio of actresses will reprise their roles, rather than having to completely reboot the first film.”
Last October, The New York Times reported that a sequel was in the works with Disney+. Around the same time, Parker shared a throwback photo of her cast members during the original film. In the comments section she was asked,”any chance of a sequel?” to which she responded, “We have all said yes. Now we wait.”
Wasn’t there a remake already in the works?
Without confirmed involvement from any of the OG Sanderson sisters, the film could operate as less of a sequel and more of a reboot. Fans may remember that a TV movie remake of the beloved film was in the works in 2017, with Scarlett Lacey (The Royals) writing the script.
However, that project has yet to materialize following comments Midler made to People about the movie being “cheap” and Ortega’s insistence that the original trio should return instead. “I think it would be much more fun to bring the ladies back,” the director told Entertainment Tonight. “They’re all still vital and in their prime and capable of doing so much that it would be great to see Bette and Kathy and Sarah come back together to do another movie and I think they would like to.”
There’s no official release date for the movie.
Hocus Pocus loyalists may have to endure a few Halloweens without the new movie. No release date has been announced for the project, nor whether it will take precedence over Shankman’s other big screen commitment. Variety notes the director is in pre-production on the Enchanted sequel Disenchanted for Disney.