Okay, sure, it sometimes feels like every single thing you ever loved from the '90s is getting rebooted or followed up, and nothing is sacred any more, and Hollywood is out of new ideas. But Disney's latest nostalgic revival is legitimately pretty exciting: Hocus Pocus, everybody's favorite Halloween classic, is getting a part two.
The 1993 movie starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, a villainous trio of witches who rise from the dead on Halloween after being inadvertently resurrected by a local teenager. It's then up to that teenager, Max (Omri Katz), his sister Dani (Thora Birch), and his crush Allison (Vinessa Shaw) to stop the trio from wreaking violent havoc on the town of Salem.
Per Variety, Parker, Midler and Najimy will all be reprising their roles in Hocus Pocus 2, which is slated to start production in the fall, and will debut on Disney+ in 2022.
Diehard fans will remember that in the final moments of the original movie, the spell book that revived the sisters is shown to still be active—suggesting that the witches could be revived again. So it's no surprise that the plot of the sequel will be an echo of the first, following three young women who accidentally bring the Sanderson sisters back to life, and have to figure out how to stop them.
“Now more than ever, people need to laugh,” said director Anne Fletcher. “We should be laughing every day, and there is so much fun to be had with these three unbelievable women playing delicious characters from such a beloved film. I am so grateful to be able to play a part in bringing these witches back to life, and to be working with my friends at Disney again makes it all the more special. This is a movie for everyone, from the fans who grew up with the first film to the next generation of viewers, and I can’t wait to get started.”
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