Could it finally be happening?
After almost thirty years since the release of the original film, Hocus Pocus is reportedly getting a sequel on Disney+.
According to a report by Collider, Workholics writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo has been tipped to pen a script for the sequel, with the project currently in early development.
Details on a possible plot are slim, but Sarah Jessica Parker has confirmed that she has agreed to return, alongside her co-stars Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy – which, to be honest, is all fans really want from this sequel.
Shortly after news of the sequel broke, Parker shared a Hocus Pocus-themed post on Instagram to celebrate Halloween:
In the comments, a fan asked about the sequel, and the Sanderson Sisters’ return. Encouragingly, Parker replied, “We have all said yes. Now we wait.”
This lines up with initial reports which claimed that the story will bring Winifred (Midler), Sarah (Parker), and Mary (Najimy) back, though they were seemingly vanquished for good in the original film. With regards to the other original cast members – Omri Katz (Max), Vinessa Shaw (Allison), Thora Birch (Dani), and Billy Butcherson (Doug Jones) – there’s no news yet on whether they will return, but Jones and others have expressed interest in returning to their roles over the years.
The original Hocus Pocus wasn’t seen as a success at the time of release, earning just $39 million worldwide, it has gone on to become a cult classic over the years, gaining the status of a Disney fan-favourite with many. We can only hope that this sequel lives up to the fans’ hopes.
More on the Hocus Pocus sequel when we have it.