For years, fans have been pining for a sequel to the Disney Live-Action film Hocus Pocus (1993). The Halloween hit follows moody teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) who explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and town hottie Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstition, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy). With the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop their immortal plot.
For years there have been rumors of a possible sequel. Fake poster art has cropped up on Facebook accompanied by news stories of the alleged reboot for years. In July 2014, it was announced that Disney was developing a supernatural film about witches, with Tina Fey was on board as a producer and star. However, Deadline debunked rumors that the film was related to Hocus Pocus. In November 2015, Bette Midler stated in a Facebook Q&A that “after all these years and all the fan demand, I do believe I can stand and firmly say an unequivocal no” in response to a question about a sequel. In June 2016, character actor Doug Jones mentioned that Disney had been considering a sequel, and behind the scenes discussions were in place to possibly continue the series. Until now, none of these rumours have come to fruition.
But appears there may just be a light up ahead.
Mick Garris, co-writer of both the original Hocus Pocus story and screenplay, recently opened up to Forbes about the future of the film;
There have been rumors of a Hocus Pocus sequel for the last 10 years that will not die. I have heard they are developing the script, I haven’t been involved in it but I think there will be a sequel. It might be for Disney Channel or Freeform or ABC. I think it will be for television but I hear that it is moving ahead.
Asked whether not the iconic Sanderson Sisters, portrayed by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will return, Garris said;
I think they are, yeah, I think they are. If they don’t do that I think it would be a big mistake because all three of them are still so incredibly potent and powerful and great performers and who else can recreate those characters?
Here’s hoping the most recent discussion on a possible sequel doesn’t disappear into a puff of smoke. While we wait, why not enjoy a viewing of Hocus Pocus along with 31 days of Horror Movies in our Halloween marathon?