Hocus Pocus has become a classic Halloween movie, and next year will see the film bring double the fun! That's because on Thursday, it was announced that the long-awaited Hocus Pocus sequel is finally getting made, with the main cast set to return to their iconic roles!
Hocus Pocus 2 will see the "Sanderson Sisters" return
Hocus Pocus came out in 1993 and introduced the audience to its quirky trio of ancient witches known as the "Sanderson Sisters," who have since become beloved Disney characters. Bette Midler played "Winifred," while Kathy Najimy was "Mary," and Sarah Jessica Parker took on the role of "Sarah". Now, it's official that all three actresses will be returning!
Midler, Najimy, and Parker all took to Instagram on Thursday to share an image of the brand-new logo for Hocus Pocus 2, mentioning that the movie will debut on Disney+ next fall. They also each wrote their own short messages about reprising their witchy roles! "Sistaaaahs! It's been 300 years... But we’re BACK!" Midler said in her post.
Hocus Pocus 2 director calls sequel "a movie for everyone"
Hocus Pocus 2 was originally supposed to be directed by Adam Shankman. But while he will executive produce the film, someone else has taken over the reins! As ET Canada shares, Anne Fletcher— who's known as the director of the 2009 rom-com The Proposal— has come on board for the second Hocus Pocus, sharing a statement about her involvement.
Fletcher said that "there is so much fun to be had with these three unbelievable women playing delicious characters from such a beloved film," and shared that she's "so grateful" to be involved in the project. "This is a movie for everyone," she explained, "from the fans who grew up with the first film to the next generation of viewers, and I can’t wait to get started."
While there is no official release date yet, Hocus Pocus 2 is expected to start filming later this fall and hit Disney+ a year later. And if all goes to plan, hopefully it will land on the streaming platform in time for Halloween, so new and old fans alike can enjoy it on the spooky holiday!