Hocus Pocus, the American comedy horror film, released in 1993, is back with its sequel after almost 27 years. The first movie, directed by Kenny Ortega and written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris, starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy in the main roles. The film followed the antiques of villainous but comedic trio witches who were resurrected by a teenage boy Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night.
It opens in 1693, where the people of Salem capture and execute three witches for practicing witchcraft. Before their deaths, they vow to return to Halloween to exact their revenge. Three hundred years later, a skeptical, scrawny, teenager, explores the ruins of the house where the witches lived, and despite warnings from his sister and girlfriend, resurrects the witches by lighting the candle of the black flame.
Originally the first film, upon its release by Walt Disney pictures, did not garner much popularity and received mostly negative reviews. But due to its airing in different streaming platforms, it was considered a Halloween classic by its viewers and collected its own set of fans over time.
Not much has been revealed, but for fans, the announcement of its sequel is exciting news enough. It is still a mystery whether the sequel will be a continuation of the original film or a complete reboot with a different plot. Fans can expect the return of all the three Sanderson sisters from the original film, as the original cast members have expressed their interest in being a part of the sequel. In a recent interview Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Sarah Sanderson, said she would be interested in returning.
Hocus pocus 2, exclusively set for a Disney plus premier, is confirmed to be directed by adam Shankman, who, according to sources, is on Disney’s “enchanted” sequel titled, “disenchanted.”
It’s yet to be disclosed which film will be in the works first.
The sequel was first announced back in the autumn of 2019, but unfortunately, no release date has been set for the film, and due to the ongoing pandemic, production has been delayed as well. Likely, the film is far away from our screens.