Thanks to the three original Sanderson sisters - played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica-Parker, and Kathy Najimy- the release date and plan have been confirmed.
Hocus Pocus 2 is finally happening! Cue for nineties kids' screams. After what seems like an eternity a sequel featuring the famous Salem witches will definitely be streaming soon. Back in December 2020, the sequel was confirmed during Disney's Investor Day presentation. However, they didn't give out many details about the return of the Halloween classic at the time. Now, we have a release date and many exciting details. Thanks to the three original Sanderson sisters - played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica-Parker, and Kathy Najimy- the release date and plan has been confirmed.
"Sistaaaahs! It's been 300 years... But we’re BACK! 🧹 #HocusPocus2 arrives Fall 2022 on @DisneyPlus," wrote Bette Midler on Twitter while her co-star Paker shared the same picture and wrote, "Yep. I'm ready. To run. Amok, amok, amok, amok." Both the social media posts confirmed that Hocus Pocus 2 will be on Disney+ in the Autumn of 2022. When the sequel was first announced in 2019, we had no clue as to what the new film would be about. Whether it's a reboot or a delayed sequel, we had no idea. But at the time, it was revealed that Adam Shankman, who is known for the movie adaption of Hairspray, would be directing the movie.
Due to scheduling conflicts, 27 Dresses director Anne Fletcher took up the reigns with Adam as the executive producer of the movie. The original director of Hocus Pocus Kenny Ortega told Digital Spy in an interview that he hasn't been asked for any kind of involvement in the film. That being said Fletcher is more than excited to take on the job as she said, "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," added Fletcher. Another original cast member Doug Jones, who played Billy Butcherson, is a big maybe for the upcoming sequel. "So I'm just going to keep my knees bent and be ready in case they call," said Jones according to ELLE. Earlier this year, Midler confirmed that she had seen a script for the movie, so hopefully it will go into production soon. But rumor has it that filming is scheduled to begin this autumn in Rhode Island.
"They sent the script and we're really excited about it – we're up for it," Midler said at the time. Talking about the storyline, the 75-year-old noted that the original cast was quite impressed with what Disney had come up with. "They presented us with an outline, and after we picked ourselves up off the floor, because it's been 27 years, we looked at it and I think all of us agreed that it was pretty great," she explained. The original story was about three women who accidentally brought the "Sanderson Sisters back to modern-day Salem" and "must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world." It ended with the magic book winking its eye, proving that the witches could return and 27 years later it's happening!