The 1993 film, Hocus Pocus, has been a staple for the spookiest holiday of the year. There have been a ton of reputable rumors circulating the internet when it comes to the making of a potential sequel. However, Disney has not confirmed any of these to be true.
Many people obviously want the original trio of Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker to return as the Sanderson Sisters, but many have suggested that there should be a new casting. Mick Garrick, an original writer of Hocus Pocus, detailed how he thinks the success of the first is solely rested on the original cast and crew.
“I’m excited about it, but I really think the main reason the movie worked was the Sanderson Sisters, those actresses in those roles, those performances, that I think is the key to that movie’s long life,” Garris shared with ComicBook.com. “It was only modestly successful when it came out, at best. And I think they are the reasons that it’s still around since it came out in 1993. And I would love to see them return in it. I think that’s the plan, but I don’t know. I heard that that is what’s happening, and I believe it’s going to be for Disney+, but I’m not involved in it, which is fine. You don’t always want to revisit all of the touchstones of your past.”
All three original actresses have expressed interest in returning for the making of a sequel film, but there has been no confirmation of them actually returning. Many fans are believing that a sequel will be coming to Disney+ because of recent merchandise that Disney has been releasing lately, but again, there has been no confirmation of a film.
“None of the original creative team other than [producer] David Kirschner is involved so far as I know,” Garris confessed. “It’s a new writer, it’s a new director, Alan Shankman, who has done lots of musical work and the like, and is very, very talented, just like Kenny Ortega, who directed the original, was a choreographer before he became a director. And even though the movie wasn’t a musical, it feels musical, the way the witches walk in unison down the street, the timing of some of the routines. It’s very, very musically paced, and I think that that’s a great choice for this. A lot of people resent when things are being remade or rebooted or sequel-ized and the like, but I want them all to work. I want them to be great, and I’m excited as a member of the audience to see what they do with it.”
Amuck, Amuck, Amuck! We are really hoping that the Sanderson Sisters will return to cast some new spells! We’ll keep you updated if we hear anything about the sequel film.