Disney Potentially Developing HOCUS POCUS 2

     July 6, 2012


Rumor has it that Disney has been quietly developing a sequel to its ’90s Halloween classic Hocus Pocus. The original film starred Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as a trio of sister witches resurrected on Halloween night in Salem, Massachusetts, who begin wrecking havoc on the town. It’s up to teenagers Max (Omri Katz) and Allison (Vinessa Shaw), and a young Thora Birch who plays Max’s younger sister Dani, to thwart them.

The film is a staple of a certain (mine) generation’s collective memory. It’s not hard to remember it, either, since the Disney channel has had it in reruns almost every Halloween season for the last decade. As for the potential sequel, there’s not much yet to go on, but hit the jump for a few tidbits.

According to Moviehole, the film will be titled Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch. There’s a presumption that the new film will focus on an entirely new set of characters and situations, since most of the original cast has either gone on to much bigger things, or faded entirely from view. What kid now would appreciate that the film stars Omri Katz, studly star of Eerie, Indiana? Although probably plenty of people (adults as well as children with sudden, confusing feelings) would appreciate a return by Vinessa Shaw.

Whether the new movie would be able to touch the weird, snickering vibe of the original film (remember Binx the cat saying “Sorry I was late, I had to wait 300 years for a virgin to light the candle”? He’s talking about Max, by the way) is uncertain. In one of the original trailers, where Sarah Jessica Parker is referred to as “the sexiest” witch, it’s meant to look lighthearted and fun, even though it is a story of three demonic hags who sold their souls to the devil and suck the youth out of children to survive. All fun and games, right? I doubt a sequel would be half as sly. At the very least we can hope for exploding witches. That’s all anybody really wants, right?


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  • Swickey

    I don’t see why this couldn’t have the original cast. I mean at least Midler, Najimy, and Parker. That would be insanely amazing.

  • sense 11

    Scraping the bottom of the barrel again, Hollywood really blows sometimes.

    I bet you a million dollars someone will make a Money Pit remake very soon.

  • Ray

    If they bring everyone back then Im down.

  • t

    awesome movie, horrible trailer, and the sequel will be bad if put in the wrong hands. it has that potential.

  • Tim

    Haha awesome. I remember my dad banning this move from my brother and sister when it came out. Good times :)

  • JamesBond77

    They should set it in Japan.

  • dogg

    Hocus Pocus 2 is a sign of the apocalypse. It’s right there in the Bible.

  • Big Fan

    I am a huge fan of Hocus Pocus. All three of these Women look amazing in real life. They could deffinitely be in the sequel. If done right this could be just as classic as the origional. Possibly making it into a prequal? Would be amazing. They could tell the story of how these women came to be or how they terrorized children 100′s of years prior. Whatever they do I just hope they don’t add all new characters or story line.

    • Anonymous

      i agree!!!! good idea

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  • shilo

    been waiting a long time for this
    to make this work they need to bring back the original cast

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  • amoviegoer

    they need the original three witches. if its anything like the current disney movie though, they shouldnt even bother.

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  • Pissed Off

    Don’t ruin one of my favorite movies… Just like Hollywood!!!!!

  • aaron

    wow funny dis my movie

  • Katlynn

    Lord, I hope they do make a sequel! I loved Hocus Pocus! And they NEED the original cast! I could not imagine anyone else on this earth potryaing Winifred! If they cast a new Winifred, or, not have the Sanderson Sister at all, I will be deeply insulted.

  • ioanna

    i like hocus pocus very much .you? do you like this film

  • ioanna

    hocus pocus you are the best of all the other films!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hocus Pocus Fan

    Something I’d like to see is a horror version of Hocus Pocus. I think it would make a great film.

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