Sanderson sisters Sarah, Winifred, and Mary will resurrect from their second deaths, and we didn’t have wait three hundred years for a virgin to light a candle. A sequel to the 1993 cult horror comedy Hocus Pocus is in development at Disney Plus, according to Collider. Workaholics‘ writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo (Cougar Town, Happy Together) is already signed to write the screenplay.
Bette Midler (The First Wives Club), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City), and Kathy Najimy (King of the Hill), who starred in the original Hocus Pocus, have not committed to a return yet. There is also no word on whether they would have lead parts or be there to hand off their broomsticks to a new generation of dark magicians.
Directed by Kenny Ortega, Hocus Pocus was not a hit at the box office when it first came out, but it became a cult classic which plays almost constantly on TV during the Halloween season. The film followed three witch sisters who were burned at the stake in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1693. Centuries after the witch trials, they are awakened when a boy named Max (Omri Katz), a recent transplant from Los Angeles, lights the Black Flame Candle and brings them back from the dead. The sisters stay young by sucking the life force out of children.
The film also stars Thora Birch as Max’s sister Dani, and Vinessa Shaw as Allison. The screenplay was written by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert, based on a story by Garris and David Kirschner.
There is no Hocus Pocus 2 release date predicted.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.