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Is Disney Planning To Put A Spell On You With A Hocus Pocus Sequel?

Come little children, the times come for a Hocus Pocus sequel! I love the 1993 Disney film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy so much I don’t even care that this is quite assuredly a terrible idea. Read on for details! is reporting that a film titled Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch is on the way. And if they’re making this up…let’s just say the Sanderson Sisters have nothing on me.

The original story revolved around the evil Sanderson Sisters (played by Midler, Parker, and Najimy), a group of witches in colonial Salem, Massachusetts who vow to resurrect themselves and seek revenge on the town that hanged them. They awake in modern time thanks to a young teen named Max who was trying to impress a girl named Allison. The two, along with Max’s younger sister Dani (played by Thora Birch) must outrun and outsmart the witches before they suck the life from all the children of Salem to stay young. Oh, and there was a talking cat who was really a man.

Yeah, it was pretty rad. Campy for sure, but rad nonetheless.

The film also featured musical numbers courtesy of the witchy trio as well as delightful, yet head-tilting cameos from Gary Marshall and sister Penny Marshall playing husband and wife. Directed by Kenny Ortega, Hocus Pocus actually started off as a television film but made it to the big screen after Walt Disney Studios found out about it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a huge hit for them but did manage to become a cult classic over time. It’s broadcast annually on the ABC Family channel every October and it will be getting a blu-ray release this September.

This is all the information Editor and CEO of Moviehole, Clint Morris gave:

So here’s what I got. While I’m not sure if Ortega is involved, Disney is quietly developing plans for a sequel to the rather popular ’90s flick. If the title suggests anything it’s that “Hocus Pocus 2 : Rise of the Elderwitch”, will feature a new cackling evildoer whose been unfortunately let loose again on suburban America.

They also mention the film is only in the development stages but that it could be in theaters by next year. Take this with a grain of salt (or perhaps circle of salt) for now considering Morris doesn’t even cite “anonymous sources” like these stories usually do. Conceivably, the sequel could be a direct-to-tv feature for ABC Family and not made for the big screen.

To say I love this movie would be a gross understatement. I was obsessed with Hocus Pocus as a child and remain so as an adult and it certainly helped form some of my wacky personality.

Would you like to see a Hocus Pocus sequel? What if it didn’t have any of the original stars attached (as is highly likely)?

(via MTV)

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  • Tina Williams

    Would love to see it, but I do hope it delivered as much as the original. My kids loved this move, in fact they still do. My daughter and two of her college friends went as the sisters for Halloween a couple of years ago.

  • Comic Book Candy

    With the original cast, I could get behind this. 

  • amanda

    I’m not sure if I should be ridiculously overjoyed, or apprehensive. I want more Hocus Pocus! I was obsessed with the movie as a kid, too, and I still watch it at Halloween time every year. But I also don’t want that magic cheapened by an unworthy sequel. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this, and give it a shot.

  • Michael Bailey

    I remember seeing Hocus Pocus in the theater when I was a senior in high school.  It is a favorite of my wife’s as well, so this is good news.  NCIS fans take note…the human version of Thackary was played (but not voiced) by Sean “McGee” Murray.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I don’t watch NCIS but you just blew my mind.

  • Mary Carroll

    I love the original cast but can se they might be up for a sequel. How about Margaret Cho?

  • Bill Norris

    wasnt the cat named Binx and i confess i had a huge crush on Allison.

  • DarthLocke4

    I think it’s great as long as there’s some cross over-continuity to it

  • Beth Goldberg

    Rewatched the original earlier this year and was shocked and delighted to see a very young Sean Murray, aka McGee from NCIS as Thackery Binx!

  • Shelley McDaniel

    *amok* *amok* *amok* *amok* *amok* *amo-

  • bamboo_princess

    I think this makes most sense as a tv movie. I would totally watch a new witch terrorize salem. (or where ever that book ends up)

  • Anonymous

    I can’t even be cynical about this. My best friend in high school and I would quote this movie at each other all the time, without context or reason. So even if this ends up as a lousy tv movie, I will still watch the hell out of it.

    He has a little woman…

  • Ms.Cleaver

    Before I moved to Maine, my concept of what a New England town looked like was entirely based on Hocus Pocus and Dead Poets society.

  • Amber Stone

    Loved the movie. It would be strange to see a new one with a new cast. I hope they do it justice. What would be even better is to have a pissed off Binx the cat forced to come back from Heaven. He would be so mad!

  • Anonymous

    *hugs her Hocus Pocus DVD tightly*

  • Victoria Eden

     When NCIS came on I kept going “Who is that guy? Who is that guy?” until Halloween rolled around.

  • Katharine Tapley

    I think I’d only see it if the original Sanderson Broads were in it.

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  • Nikki Lincoln

    Oh my God this was my favorite movie as a kid. At 12, I vowed to name my first born son Max and I still love that name and plan on using it whenever that day comes.

    This is also a movie that retains a lot of it’s charm when you grow up. I feel like kids movies fall into two camps: “omg how did I like that so much” or “wow, there is a lot of stuff that I totally didn’t get as a kid” and since there are a ton of jokes about virignity, you can only guess which one this was. 

  • Sherron Sloan

    Oh my — I never made the connection.  I always wondered what happened to that young man, as he was quite good in the part.  Hocus Pocus is a favorite in our family and we watch it every year at Halloween (and yes, 2 of the best parts are mentioned above…amok,amok, amok… and Gary Marshall’s halloween house scene.