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

She Turned Me Into a Newt!

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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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."