After years of close calls and development hell, Hocus Pocus 2 is finally moving forward on Disney+ with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy all reprising their roles as The Sanderson sisters. However, the return of these beloved witches won't be on the big screen, as Hocus Pocus 2 is heading straight for Disney+.
The long-mooted sequel will be helmed by Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses), original director Adam Shankman will remain involved as an executive producer, but he's busy making another long-awaited Disney sequel, Disenchanted. Speaking about the Hocus Pocus sequel, here's what Shankman had to say;
“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. 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.’”
Anne Fletcher added;
"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. 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."
A sequel to Hocus Pocus has been on the cards for a long time now, but things to a step forward last year when Midler, Najimy, and Parker reunited in character for a charity event. Well, after almost three decades, the Sanderson sisters will return to our screens (on Disney+) just in time for Halloween 2022.