Disney evokes more Hocus Pocus with the official sequel coming to Disney + in 2022. A direct sequel to the cult classic Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus 2 brings back all three of the original protagonists – Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker – to reprise their roles as the Sanderson Sisters. Aside from a traditional theatrical release, the film is in development specifically for Disney + with plans to release the sequel next year.
With Winifred, Mary and Sarah Sanderson all returning, the sequel will see the witch trio return to Salem once again. An official logline for Hocus Pocus 2 reads: “Three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world.
Filming with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy kicks off officially this fall, with the sequel directed by Anne Fletcher (The proposal,27 Dresses). As previously reported, Fletcher is taking over the project from her longtime friend Adam Shankman (Hairspray, The wedding planner), with Lynn Harris (The shallows) that serve as producers. Shankman is now in production in Disillusioned, but he stays on board ahead Hocus Pocus 2 as an executive producer alongside Ralph Winter (Adrift) and David Kirschner (Curse of Chucky). Steven Haft (Tigerland) will co-produce. Shankman said in a statement.
“ As heartbroken as I am not going to be able to lead my friends Bette, Sarah Jessica and Kathy to what is sure to be a big event for Disney + due to scheduling conflicts, I couldn’t be happier putting the reins in Anne , who has brought so much laughter and joy into people’s lives with her previous work. I am still grateful and proud to help guide this ingenious project as an executive producer alongside producer Lynn Harris, whom I have loved and admired as a colleague and friend since helping me choreograph the track Boogie Nights. “
Fletcher added, “People are laughing now more than ever. We should be laughing every day, and there is so much fun to be had with these three incredible women playing delightful characters from such a beloved movie. I’m able to play a part in bringing these witches back to life, and working with my friends at Disney again makes it all the more special. This is a movie for everyone from the fans who are grew up from the first movie to the next generation of viewers, and can’t wait to get started. ”
The first Hocus Pocus was directed by Kenny Ortega and written by Mick Garris, Neil Cuthbert and David Kirschner. After a teenage boy (Omri Katz) accidentally brings three witches to life in Salem on Halloween night, the film has become a staple of the Halloween season with very high cult status. A sequel has been clamoring for years, and while it took a while, fans can now be happy to know that it’s officially on track to arrive next year. Hocus Pocus 2 premieres on Disney + in 2022.
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