Last year it was confirmed that a sequel for the 1993 Halloween classic was being developed by Disney+.
Jen D’ Angelo was hired to write the script for Hocus Pocus 2 and also had been tasked to find a way to include the original main cast, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy at the time.
The film was originally directed by Kenny Ortega, and told the story of a teen boy who moves to Salem with his family and struggles to fit in before awakening three witches known as the Sanderson Sisters. Throughout the years, Hocus Pocus has become something of a cult classic.
“I would like to see a sequel, and I think that the fans would like to see a sequel,” Ortega told ET at the time. “I think it would be much more fun to bring the ladies back. They’re all still vital and in their prime and capable of doing so much that it would be great to see Bette and Kathy and Sarah come back together to do another movie and I think they would like to.”
Early this year, Adam Shankman (Hairspray) confirmed to be the director on Instagram.
He is currently working on another film for Disney, the Amy Adams-starring Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted.
“I feel incredibly honored and humbled to be guiding forward these two Disney crown jewel legacies. My only hope is to honor those who came before me and build something new and exciting, as I desperately try to not let down the fans and enchant the new initiates! Fingers crossed! Xo”, he expressed.
On Twitter, he added, “I hope to please all the loyal fans. That’s what I tried to do with Hairspray. That’s what my goal is here.”
The honor I feel in moving these beloved legacies forward is more than I could have dreamt. I hope to please all the loyal fans. That's what I tried to do with Hairspray. Thats what my goal is here. Wish me luck! xo https://t.co/6JSnJUlJRr
— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) March 4, 2020
Our favorite trio have yet to be officially confirmed for the sequel, though each has expressed interest in returning. In the meantime, they will virtually reunite for a good cause in October for “In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover.”
Hocus Pocus wouldn’t be the same without the original cast so let’s finger crossed to get these news anytime soon!