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Well now… A Hocus Pocus sequel – or possibly TV series – is in the works

September 27th, 2017 by Marc Comments

You know those movies that aren’t particularly good but everyone seems to like? Well, let’s be honest, Hocus Pocus is one of them… it’s ok to admit it, we won’t tell anyone.


It IS a fun little romper that succeeds not just despite its weaknesses but almost because of them.

The movie has become a staple of Halloween, like The Muppets Christmas Carol has become part of Christmas and it does seem that every time you see it, it manages to be a little bit more charming than you recall.

Featuring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as three witches accidentally awoken on halloween night and go hunting local children, primarily Omri Katz and his little sister.

One of the things about the movie – released in 1993 – is that, despite being poorly received in cinemas, it soon became a cult favourite and there has been numerous rumours that a sequel was coming…

And now we have a new new rumour as Hocus Pocus screenwriter Mick Garris has revealed that the movie just seems to be more and more popular and Disney are starting to look towards it again:

“It’s amazing to be a part of something that has become a perennial. It [wasn’t] a hugely successful movie when it came out, it was only modestly successful. I wrote the first eight years earlier but it was when it turned out that Bette Midler was interested and wanted to do it, she was at a very high time in her career, that it got put on the fast track and it started happening again.

“Now it has become an annual thing at the El Capitan on Hollywood Boulevard and the show is sold out. I went there last year and one of the ushers actually recognized me and gave me a tour of the theater. Generation after generation, it’s kind of remarkable and fantastic to have something brought to the screen like that and to have it embraced generation after generation.

“Everybody I meet, it’s either their daughters or their own favorite movie and it’s incredibly exciting. There have been rumors of a Hocus Pocus sequel for the last 10 years that will not die. I have heard they are developing the script, I haven’t been involved in it but I think there will be a sequel it might be for Disney Channel or Freeform or ABC. I think it will be for television but I hear that it is moving ahead.”

But will the original cast return? According to Garris, it’s likely: “I think they are, yeah, I think they are. If they don’t do that I think it would be a big mistake because all three of them are still so incredibly potent and powerful and great performers and who else can recreate those characters?”

It’s interesting that he mentions TV; that could mean a series but we reckon a TV Movie is more likely.

So remember the part at the start of the article where I said Hocus Pocus isn’t a great movie? Yeah, well I’m excited.

Are you?

Source: Forbes

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….