Disney’s long-awaited sequel to the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus is finally in pre-production and beginning to add key pieces to their crew. Cinematographer Elliot Davis (Twilight) has been tapped to shoot Hocus Pocus 2, which has Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) attached to direct.
Hocus Pocus 2 will revolve around an aspiring witch named Becca. A teenager with few friends, Becca accidentally summons back the Sanderson Sisters on Halloween after finding a dark flame candle at the local magic shop- also the Sanderson Sisters’ former home. The character of Becca is joined by two of her classmates, Izzy and Cassie, an “oddball” and a popular girl who also happens to be Becca’s bully. Other characters include Giles the magic shop owner and Sam who is a fellow classmate, a worker at the shop, and a potential romantic interest. Lastly, the film will feature Luann, Becca’s stepmother whom she dislikes.
Hocus Pocus 2 will see the return of all three Sanderson sisters, with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy reprising their roles as Winifred, Sarah, and Mary, respectively. Thora Birch has also teased her involvement in the project. The script has been written by Jen D’Angelo of Workaholics fame. It will debut exclusively on Disney+, likely in fall 2022.
Production on the film is expected to begin on October 4 under the working title “Candles“, with filming to take place in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California. The film is scheduled to wrap before the new year.
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.
Elliot Davis has been in the business for over 40 years, having worked on hit movies including Legally Blonde 2, Lords of Dogtown, Twilight, and most recently the limited series The Comey Rule.