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. According to multiple reports, Disney is finally bringing us the sequel that fans have demanded. When is Hocus Pocus 2 coming out? We have the details.
What's in development and when is Hocus Pocus 2 coming out?
The Collider published an exclusive 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.
The sequel is being developed for Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, which will launch on November 12. That being said, it seems unlikely that Hocus Pocus 2 will be a part of the launch day lineup for the the platform. Considering that the original is a Halloween classic and that the movie is only now finding its screenwriter, it seems likely that we won't see the sequel until next Halloween.
What can we expect from the sequel and is everyone coming back?
The most important question, clearly, is, "Are the Sanderson sisters all coming back?" At the moment, there are no actors attached to the project, including the actors from the original film. That being said, Doug Jones, who played Billy Butcherson, has said that he would be eager to return if a Hocus Pocus sequel ever did happen.
According to Bette Midler, all three of the Sanderson sisters have said that they are more than willing to do a sequel if Disney asked. Which means that the ball is in Disney's court to bring the sisters back together.
The plot of the sequel has not yet been revealed but Jen may have some strong material to build from. Last year, 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 originally doesn't care about Salem's famous Halloween history.
But when Poppy meets Isabella, Isabella gets her more interested in the town's history and gets her questioning the black candle that 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 what direction Jen wants to take her script in. All we can say, though, is that there is no Hocus Pocus without everyone's favorite family of witches.