It looks like the Sanderson sisters are back!
We have learned that Hocus Pocus stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimi are in talks to reprise their roles as Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson in the Disney+ sequel. I can’t confirm whether or not any of them have signed on as of today; however, I had have heard from one source talks have taken place via Zoom.
Plot details are being kept in the witches chambers. Adam Shankman (Hairspray) is set to direct the feature that was written by Workaholics co-writer and producer Jen D’Angelo. It is unknown if any other characters from the original film will make their return for the sequel.
Production on the project is expected to begin early next year in Los Angeles and Massachusetts. The film does not have a release date set as of yet.
Back in August, while speaking to ComicBook.com, the original writer of Hocus Pocus, Mick Garris, gave his thoughts on the sequel:
“I’m excited about it, but I really think the main reason the movie worked was the Sanderson Sisters, those actresses in those roles, those performances, that I think is the key to that movie’s long life. It was only modestly successful when it came out, at best. And I think they are the reasons that it’s still around since it came out in 1993. And I would love to see them return in it. I think that’s the plan, but I don’t know. I heard that that is what’s happening, and I believe it’s going to be for Disney+, but I’m not involved in it, which is fine. You don’t always want to revisit all of the touchstones of your past.”
Released in 1993 and directed by Kenny Ortega (The Descendants franchise), the original Hocus Pocus focuses on three witches that were accidentally resurrected by a teenage boy in Salem, Massachusetts. Together with his sister, the teenage Max Dennison has to try to steal the witch’s book of spells and stop them from becoming immortal. The film also starred Omri Katz as Max, Thora Birch as Dani, Vanessa Shaw as Allison, Jason Marsden as the voice of Binx, and Doug Jones as Billy.