A 'Hocus Pocus' Sequel Is In The Works For Disney+
Now that Disney has more money than they know what to do with, there’s a very real chance that their fans' wildest, most esoteric dreams could become reality. A decade ago, before the studio owned Marvel, Star Wars, and almost anything else worth watching, the chances of them funding a much-loved but distinctly niche sequel seemed remote. Now, with billions in the bank and a new streaming service to play with, it looks like anything is possible.
Alongside other exciting follow-ups, including the much-vaunted “Lady and The Tramp” live-action reboot, Disney+ subscribers will soon be able to kick back with Hocus Pocus 2, the sequel to the 1993 original.
Check out the trailer to the original cult classic below:
According to Collider, the writer and producer Jen D’Angelo has been commissioned to pen the project, which is currently in the works.
Though relatively little is known about the production at this stage, Collider report that D’Angelo’s main focus will be on reuniting Bette Midler as Winifred, Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah, and Kathy Najimy as Mary. Though none are officially attached at the moment, Disney are allegedly “hopeful” that something can be done.
Even though the prospect of a return to Salem might be tempting to some, the original Hocus Pocus was met with a lukewarm reception. Estimates suggest that the film actually lost Disney around $16.5 million, against an original budget of just $28 million.
Hocus Pocus is loved by people of all ages - check out these sisters totally win Halloween with their amazing costumes of the witches:
However, it has gone on to cement its cult classic status thanks to near-annual screenings on the Disney Channel and now-defunct ABC Family. As a result, entire generations after the movie's original box office failure have been indoctrinated into Hocus Pocus fandom.
Senior figures will be hoping that enough of them are keen for a comeback that they buy into Disney+.