Hocus Pocus 2 is inching closer to reality.
Variety reports that Hairspray director Adam Shankman has been hired by Disney to tackle the sequel film for Disney+.
Adam Shankman will direct “Hocus Pocus 2” at Disney Plus, sources tell Variety. The film — a sequel to 1993’s cult hit “Hocus Pocus” starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy — was written by “Workaholics” writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo. Lynn Harris will produce.
Disney is said to be working on bringing back the original actresses, but haven’t officially closed that deal even though they could most likely reprise their roles in the sequel.
They add that Adam is still working on the Enchanted sequel titled Disenchanted for Disney as well, which will see Amy Adams reprise the role of Giselle.
Shankman is currently in pre-production on Disney’s “Enchanted” sequel, titled “Disenchanted.” It’s yet to be determined which film will be in the works first.
Disney seems to be pushing a lot of 80-90s nostalgia projects as a means to keep older subscribers interested in their streaming service.
Disney+ is also bringing back Home Alone with a reboot starring Jojo Rabbit’s Archie Yates, a Mighty Ducks series with Emilio Estevez returning as Gordon Bomaby, and have been able to coax Rick Moranis out of retirement for the film Shrunk, a soft-reboot of the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids franchise.
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 a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.