A few months ago, reports surfaced that Disney would be moving forward with a sequel to the cult-classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus and that it would be exclusive to Disney+.
Now, according to Variety, Hairspray director Adam Shankman has signed on to helm the sequel. Also in the report, the trade has confirmed that the studios’ long in development Enchanted sequel Disenchanted is still in the works as it is in pre-production with Shankman still attached to direct as well. It is unknown at this time which film will go into production first.
Back in July, I teased that the film is still in the works so it is nice to see it confirmed today.
The long in development Enchanted sequel may finally be moving forward. We should get an update soon! pic.twitter.com/iNcoA5IGD5
— Skyler Shuler (@SkylerShuler) July 8, 2019
Hocus Pocus 2 is still in very early stages of development, However, Jen D’Angelo who wrote the script has been tasked by Disney to find a way to bring back the original Sanderson sisters Bette Midler as Winifred, Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah, and Kathy Najimy as Mary. As of now the actress are not officially attached, but the studio is hopeful they will be involved in some capacity.
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.