Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will reprise their roles of the famous Salem witches.
The fabulously wicked Sanderson Sisters are back! Nearly 30 years after they first appeared in the 1993 Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will reprise their roles of the famous Salem witches. Midler returns as Winifred Sanderson, with Parker and Najimy back as her sisters, Sarah and Mary. Sarah Jessica Parker shared a poster of the sequel on Instagram, captioning it: Yep. I'm ready. To run. Amok, amok, amok, amok.🕯️ #HocusPocus2 arrives Fall 2022 on @disneyplus Sisters??? X, SJ. Bette Midler did the same on her Instagram page writing: Sistaaaahs! It's been 300 years... But we’re BACK! 🧹 #HocusPocus2 arrives Fall 2022 on @DisneyPlus. Kathy Najimy wasn't far behind on the announcement as well. Looks like Hocus Pocus 2 is exclusively coming to Disney+ and will be directed by The Proposal filmmaker Anne Fletcher.
According to Deadline, Adam Shankman who was initially going to direct the film is currently directing the Enchanted sequel Disenchanted for Disney+. The director has previously led movies like 2007's Hairspray, and the Step Up franchise. While he won't be directing the Hocus Pocus sequel he will serve as EP on the upcoming film. “As heartbroken as I am that I won’t be able to direct my friends Bette, Sarah Jessica and Kathy in what is sure to be nothing short of a major event for Disney+ due to scheduling conflicts, I couldn’t be more pleased to be handing over the reins to Anne, who has brought so much laughter and joy into people’s lives with her previous work,” said Shankman. “I am still grateful and proud to help shepherd this ingenious project as executive producer alongside producer Lynn Harris, whom I have loved and admired as a colleague and friend since she helped get me the job choreographing Boogie Nights."
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy are reprising their roles as the Sanderson sisters in “Hocus Pocus 2,” due next year on Disney+.— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) May 20, 2021
The film begins production this fall, with Anne Fletcher taking the helm as director.https://t.co/m3pc7Dl1ud
As for the new director, Anne Fletcher is excited to get on board the reboot. “Now more than ever, people need to laugh. We should be laughing every day, and there is so much fun to be had with these three unbelievable women playing delicious characters from such a beloved film,” said Fletcher. “I am so grateful to be able to play a part in bringing these witches back to life, and to be working with my friends at Disney again makes it all the more special. This is a movie for everyone, from the fans who grew up with the first film to the next generation of viewers, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Awesome. My absolute favourite movie for Halloween. It's such a classic, so I'm totally excited about this sequel. Long time to wait. So glad to have the original cast on board. It wouldn't be possible otherwise 👍😀— Roman Davenport (@RomanDavenport3) May 21, 2021
We first saw the three witches when they were resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts in the first movie. The witches well bent on becoming immortal. In the sequel, three young women accidentally bring the witches back to modern-day Salem. The women must stop the child-hungry witches from causing a new kind of trouble. Production will begin in the fall and the sequel will be released in 2022, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Bette Midler, in an interview with PEOPLE, previously said as per Yahoo News, "They presented us with an outline, and after we picked ourselves up off the floor because it's been 27 years, we looked at it and I think all of us agreed that it was pretty great." Midler also said that she hoped that the sequel would include the elements that made the original movie a hit with fans. She said, "We're trying to see who's available and who's still out there and still working and who can come back. Because, a lot of the success of what we did on that picture had to do with the team that was surrounded, had to do with the team that they assembled to make that picture, the people who did the flying and the rigging, the people who did the green screens, the people who did the ... I don't think they called it the green screen in those days. The people who did the hair and makeup, which were all exemplary, the costumers, and the special effects people." We can't wait to see how the sequel pans out. What about you?
I loved the first movie back in the 90s even critics didn't like it much ^^— 🌟 Ezereal 🌟 (@So_Ethereal) May 20, 2021
Eager to see what it could look like as a sequel almost 3 decades later