Collider reports that Disney is currently in development on a sequel to the 1990s cult Halloween flick Hocus Pocus for Disney+ with screenwriter Jen D’Angelo (Workaholics).
This news was back-up by multiple trade outlets.
The original film had a trio of evil witches thrust into modern times on Halloween night.
Jen D’Angelo, who served as a writer and co-producer on Workaholics, has been hired to write the script for Hocus Pocus 2, which is in the works at Disney Plus, Collider has exclusively learned.
Sources say that D’Angelo has been tasked with finding a way to bring back the original cast of Bette Midler as Winifred, Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah, and Kathy Najimy as Mary. None of them are attached at the moment, but the studio is hopeful that they’ll be involved with the sequel in some capacity.
It remains to be seen Disney will be able to coax the original cast of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Thora Birch, Omri Katz, and Vinessa Shaw back for the sequel. However, Disney seemingly has been able to get other revivals done in the past.
Midler has gone on the record in the past that she is open to a sequel and actually dressed up as the character recently.
Hocus Pocus 2 or string of sequels could be interesting as a Halloween tradition on the streaming service, but we don’t even know if this second film will move beyond development.
Disney+ officially launches next month on November 12th.
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.