If there is one movie in American cinema that screams Halloween, it is ‘Hocus Pocus.’ Even though it wasn’t a box office success, it has become a beloved annual tradition for most families across the country, over the years. The movie follows Max Dennison, a teenage boy, as he accidentally revives a trio of witches when he moves to Salem. Well, fans have been asking for a sequel to this iconic Halloween flick for a long time now. It seems to be the case that one particular streaming service has paid heed to these requests. Here is everything we know so far about ‘Hocus Pocus 2.’
Hocus Pocus Sequel Release Date
‘Hocus Pocus’ released on July 16, 1993. Although the Disney production failed to garner critical acclaim and attention at the box office, there is no denying that today, the movie has accomplished a cult status that many films can only dream about. Well, the good news is that Disney+ has greenlit the project, and a director has also been chosen – Adam Shankman. He is best known for directing ‘Hairspray,’ ‘Step Up,’ ‘What Men Want,’ and ‘A Walk to Remember.’
However, there is no fixed released date yet, as another film of Adam’s – ‘Disenchanted’ – is also in pre-production. It is unclear whether he will tackle the ‘Hocus Pocus’ sequel first. So as things stand now, we can expect ‘Hocus Pocus 2′ to drop on the streaming service sometime in 2023 or later. (Our assumptions have also tailored in a grace period due to the ongoing pandemic).
Hocus Pocus Sequel Cast: Who can be in it?
The original trio of witches consists of Bette Midler as Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson, Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson, and Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson. They are quite interested in returning for the project, and it would be great to see them reprise their roles as well. Sarah Jessica Parked stated in an interview, “I think that it is something Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and I are all very hospitable to the idea.”
The ‘Sex and the City’ star continued, “I think for a long time, people were talking about it as if people were moving forward with it in a real way but we were unaware of it. We’ve agreed publicly to the right people, yes, that would be a very, very fun idea, so we’ll see what the future holds.” Even though they are not yet associated with the project, it is highly likely that they could be back for the sequel.
Hocus Pocus Sequel Plot: What can it be About?
The original revolves around three witch sisters who were cursed in 1693 in Salem. Accidentally, Max Dennison brings them back to life 300 years later. Though they try to acclimate to the times, they are horrified to learn that Halloween is now a holiday. Furthermore, the Sanderson sisters have only one night to secure their existence. In the process of accomplishing their goal, they also wreak havoc on the city before disintegrating into dust. But Winnie’s spellbook does open its eye in the climax, insinuating that the sisters have not completely perished.
In the sequel, it would be fun to watch the sisters’ take on the 21st Century, especially with all its technological advancements. A juxtaposition of the past and the present also sounds like quite the premise. However, the story can really be stretched in many different directions as the scope is quite broad. Given the cult status of the original movie, it is safe to assume that the story will follow a similar arc of resuscitation and subsequent adjustments.
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