25 October 2019 04:32

Hocus Pocus 2

Disney+ Lights the Black Flame Candle on a Hocus Pocus Sequel

Disney has lit the black candle for the Sanderson sisters, announcing a sequel to the 1993 classic will be launched on streaming service Disney+. Although it's unclear whether the original trio of witches (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) will be reincarnated in the new project, Disney are keen to re-cast the stars, according to Variety. There's also no word whether if the film will star Omri Katz, who played Max, the teen who accidentally resurrects the centuries-old witches bent on sucking the souls of children to stay young forever. Look, we don't know exactly how this can happen – we're guessing some magic from Winnie's spellbook does the trick – but we want to see the Sanderson witches (played by Midler, Jessica Parker and Najimy once more, obviously) becoming pop sensations. It is, however, the story put forward in Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel, the film's follow-up novel.

However, it's their 17-year-old daughter Poppy that is the main focus: to impress a girl she has a crush on, Poppy returns to the Sanderson house on Halloween, lights the black candle and the witches materialise once again. It's an object that, if the witches get hold of, could unleash a powerful evil spell that could destroy not only the town of Salem, but the world. A new batch of witches returns to haunt Salem Although most fans will want to see the original witches back again, there's every chance Disney will want a new cackling trio to wow audiences. The new witch squad could even be some relation to the original trio, thus giving them a revenge motive to destroy the town of Salem. LOS ANGELES (WKYC) — It has been 26 years since the Sanderson sisters first terrorized the children of Salem.

After multiple rumored sequels throughout the years (like this one), a new report surfaced this week that Hocus Pocus 2 is officially in the works for the company's new streaming service, Disney+. Collider first reported the news Wednesday, saying that a writer known for Workaholics has been brought aboard to craft the script in a way that could bring the original cast back. "None of them are attached at the moment," Collider reported while indicating that "it remains unclear whether they'll be the main characters, or whether we'll see them pass the proverbial torch to a new generation of witches." Earlier this month, actress Vinessa Shaw, who portrayed Allison in the film, set social media ablaze with an Instagram post featuring some of her Hocus Pocus co-stars around a crystal ball. Hocus Pocus has developed a rabid fan base since its release in 1993, becoming one of Halloween's most beloved child-friendly cult classics starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as a trio of hilariously wicked witches. The film is also the primary focus of Freeform's annual 31 Nights of Halloween lineup, which shows the hit Disney flick dozens of times throughout October.

Meanwhile, a live show at Disney World based on the movie has become a staple of the Magic Kingdom's annual Mickey's-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event. We're paraphrasing, but that seems to be the Disney+ business strategy before its launch on November 12, and it's right out of the Sanderson Sisters' spell book. In the streaming service's latest conjure from days of yore, Disney is planning to beckon millennials into its lair with a long-awaited sequel to the 1993 unlikely Halloween classic Hocus Pocus. According to Collider, Disney+ has hired Workaholics writer and co-producer Jen D'Angelo to pen the script for Hocus Pocus 2. In the decades since the original film's premiere, it has become all but enshrined as a holiday staple, thanks in large part to its airings on Disney Channel and Freeform in October.

As for the cast, when Hocus Pocus reboot rumors were brewing back in 2017, Deadline reported that the original Sanderson trio of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy wouldn't be returning. Now that it's a sequel, maybe the original Sandersons will return, after all. Almost three decades after the release of the original, Hocus Pocus is now getting a sequel on Disney+. According to Collider, Workaholics writer and co-producer Jen D'Angelo has been brought on board to pen the witch comedy sequel, with the project currently in early development. The report also claims that D'Angelo has been tasked with finding a way to bring back original cast members Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as their old characters.

Related: Hocus Pocus star Doug Jones says a "20 years later" sequel isn't off the table However, at present it's unclear if any of the three actresses will return for the sequel, or whether they'd be the main characters again. The original movie wasn't a box office hit at the time of its release, but it has since become a cult classic and fans have long called for a follow-up. Back in 2017, it was announced that the Disney Channel was working on a Hocus Pocus TV movie that would serve as a remake of the original, and also feature none of the original cast. The Sanderson sisters could return to spook Salem in Hocus Pocus 2. A sequel to the 1993 cult classic is in development for Disney Plus, entertainment news site Collider reported Wednesday. The original starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as trio of youth-stealing witches who get resurrected on a Halloween night 300 years after their execution. The witchy trio of actresses aren't currently involved, according to Collider, but the project is in early development and Disney is hoping to get them on board.