Disney is quietly putting together a sequel to the 1993 Halloween hit “Hocus Pocus.” The new movie is expected to start production next year and launch on the Disney+ subscription service. Jen D’Angelo is currently attached to write the script for the project, which doesn’t have an official title at this time.
The original “Hocus Pocus” released in July, and while you might think it’s better suited for Halloween, the movie still made over $8M on its opening weekend before grossing over $39.5M worldwide. “Hocus Pocus” starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, with Kenny Ortega directing. The trio played three witches who return to the world 300 years after they were defeated to undo a curse placed upon them. The movie also featured Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, and Doug Jones. Collider was one of the first outlets to report the sequel, and the company stated that D’Angelo is hoping that the original trio (Midler, Parker, and Najimy) will return for the new story.
While the original film wasn’t a certified blockbuster, it has become a Halloween favorite over the last few decades. Freeform currently plays the film repeatedly during the company’s popular “31 Nights of Halloween” programming event, and each time the film airs, references to the classic pop up on social media feeds around the world.
The new Disney+ streaming service is now accepting pre-orders in the United States. Customers can be among the first to start streaming on November 12th, the official launched day of Disney+, and you can choose the $7/monthly or $70/annual plans. Early registration also starts with a seven-day free trial beginning on launch day. There will also be a Hulu, Disney+, and ESPSN+ bundle option available to customers, but Disney has stated that customers wishing to bundle their services should wait until launch day to do so.
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