Disney+ develops Hocus Pocus sequel
Staff Reporter | On 25, Oct 2019Reading time: 1 mins
A Hocus Pocus sequel is in the works at Disney+.
The House of Mouse’s upcoming streaming service has wasted no time in adding to its library of familiar classics with a slate of new titles based on its existing franchises and characters. Now, the latest getting the eye is fan favourite Hocus Pocus.
The 1993 fantasy comedy stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as a trio of evil witches. After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees the coven, who used to live in the house. With the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.
The film was something of a box office flop, taking only $39 million worldwide from a budget of $28 million, but has gone on to have a cult following on video, with theatres such as London’s Prince Charles Cinemas holding Halloween screenings. That built-in audience is who Disney will be targeting with its new sequel to the film, which Variety reports is in early stages of development.
Kenny Ortega directed the original from a script by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert. Workaholics writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo (Netflix’s Game Over, Man! and CBS’ Happy Together) are on board to pen the sequel. Midler, Parker and Najimy are not attached, although Disney is reportedly hopeful that they will be involved to some extent.