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Hocus Pocus 3 in development at Disney, writer and director attached

June 7th, 2023 by Marc Comments

In a new interview with Sean Bailey, the man in charge of Disney’s animated-live-action remakes, it was revealed that the Sanderson sisters are set for [at least] one more outing.

Hocus Pocus was one of those movies that really never found its audience until it hit the home market and then it became a staple of many families’ Halloweens along with pumpkins and toffee apples.

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First hitting cinemas in 1993 and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the evil Sanderson sisters who return to destroy Salem centuries after being executed as witches, it was one of those movies that fans called out for a sequel for years and many times it sounded like it was going to happen but to no avail until, that is, Disney+ brought us a second movie just in time for last Halloween and, even better, it was actually pretty damn good.

WATCH: The Sanderson sisters are back in Hocus Pocus: The Brew animated shorts

So good that, at least in my house, the fans all wanted more.

And more we will get as Hocus Pocus 3 is currently in development.

Not only is it happening but it’s now confirmed that Hocus Pocus 2’s Anne Fletcher and Jen D’Angelo will be writing and directing respectively again but, as of now, it’s unclear if the three principal actresses have been approached to return, although Middler, the star of the movies, has said she’d love to come back as she really wants a franchise: “I’d love to have a franchise — especially a character I love playing.

“If there was a third one, of course, I’d sign on, but I don’t know how. I can’t imagine what the story would be, but I love Winifred, Sarah, Mary and our relationship. It’s good for women. We stick together through hell and high water, but we do cause mayhem, and not many women cause that much mayhem.”

But, with the sisters having seemingly died twice now, in both movies, it might be time to hand the reigns to new actresses; in Hocus Pocus 2 actresses Taylor Henderson, Nina Kitchen and Juju Brener played the sisters when they were young witches and did a great job, it would be easy to imagine that is the direction the next movie would go.

When the sequel came out there was talk of sequels and spinoffs [isn’t there always these days?], so while this news is no surprise, it is welcome… but can they nail it three times? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

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WATCH:All the way from D23, we have the full trailer for Hocus Pocus 2

This Halloween Season, some legends never die. Hocus Pocus 2, an Original movie event, streaming September 30 on Disney Plus.

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy reunite for the highly anticipated Disney+ Original Movie “Hocus Pocus 2.” The live-action, long-awaited sequel to the perennial Halloween classic, which brings back the delightfully wicked Sanderson sisters for more comedic mayhem, will debut on Disney+ on September 30.

It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve. “Hocus Pocus 2” also stars Doug Jones (“The Shape of Water”), Whitney Peak (“Gossip Girl”), Lilia Buckingham (“Dirt”), Belisa Escobedo (“American Horror Stories”), Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”), Tony Hale (“Veep”), Sam Richardson (“The Tomorrow War,” “Good Boys”), Juju Brener (“Vanquish”), Froy Gutierrez (“Teen Wolf”), Taylor Paige Henderson and Nina Kitchen. The film is directed by Anne Fletcher (“Dumplin,’” “The Proposal”), written by Jen D’Angelo (“Happy Together,” “Workaholics”) and produced by Lynn Harris (“King Richard,” “The Shallows”), with Adam Shankman (“Disenchanted,” “Hairspray”), Ralph Winter (“Hocus Pocus,” “X-Men” franchise) and David Kirschner (“Hocus Pocus,” “Chucky”) serving as executive producers.

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….