Are you ready to have a spell cast on you all over again? Hocus Pocus fans, get ready to return to Salem and get psyched for the long-awaited sequel to the Halloween classic.
In October 2019, multiple outlets reported that Disney was finally bringing us the sequel that fans have been demanding. When is Hocus Pocus 2 coming out? We have the details.
Bette Midler shared an update with fans on 'Hocus Pocus 2.'
Bette Midler, who played Winifred Sanderson, previously told Entertainment Tonight that she's "absolutely" down to reprise her iconic role. Adding, "I can't wait to fly!" in an Instagram post on May 20, 2020, she officially announced that Hocus Pocus 2 was in production — and gave a hint as to when the film could be expected.
"Sistaaaahs! It's been 300 years ... But we’re BACK! 🧹 #HocusPocus2 arrives Fall 2022," Bette wrote, and her Instagram was promptly accompanied by two more from her co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy with their own lines from the original.
When is 'Hocus Pocus 2' coming out?
Collider published an exclusive in 2019 that revealed that, not only is Hocus Pocus 2 in development, but it's even already found its head writer. Jen D'Angelo, who was previously a writer and a co-producer for Workaholics, has been hired to write the script for the sequel. Although Jen has written for a number of television shows, including Cougar Town and Happy Together, the sequel will be her first full-length feature film script.
On the same day as the main cast members announced the news about Hocus Pocus 2, Disney re-posted their messages to its Twitter page and announced that Hocus Pocus 2 will arrive on Disney Plus in fall 2022. The message does not clarify if Hocus Pocus 2 will be exclusive to the streaming platform or also available for viewing in theaters.
What can we expect from the sequel and who is in the cast?
The most important question, clearly, is: are all the Sanderson sisters coming back? While Disney has not announced the full lineup of cast members, many of the film's OG characters are set to reprise their roles. Actor Doug Jones, who played Billy Butcherson, has said that he would be eager to return if a Hocus Pocus sequel ever did happen.
Sadly, not all those who worked on the original are returning. Legendary Disney collaborator and director Kenny Ortega told Digital Spy in 2020 that he was not invited to return as a director, and Disney executives instead invited Hairspray director Adam Shankman to take the lead. However, at present, Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses) has taken Adam's place.
The plot of the sequel has not yet been revealed, but Jen may have some strong material to build from.
In 2019, Disney-Hyperion, a publishing house owned by Disney, published a book set 25 years after the events of the first film, which introduced a new group of kids that have to face the infamous sisters. The book followed Poppy, the daughter of Max and Allison from the original movie, who doesn't care about Salem's famous Halloween history.
But when Poppy meets Isabella, she gets more interested in the town's history, which raises her curiosity about a black candle Poppy's parents have locked away in a safe. Meanwhile, the two begin to understand their own blossoming romance.
The book sounds like a magical way to continue the story started by the first film, but we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, Hocus Pocus is available for streaming on Disney Plus or during the 31 Nights of Halloween on Freeform.