Hocus Pocus Is Getting a Sequel. Here’s What We Know.

One other witching hour is upon us. Months after sources told Variety that a follow-up to 1993’s Hocus Pocus was officially brewing at Disney+, the movie is confirmed—and creeping toward a 2022 release date. Disney recently announced that Hocus Pocus 2, a “spooky sequel” to the unique film, would land at Disney+, with Anne Fletcher attached to direct.

Below, every part we all know in regards to the spellbinding news, including which Sanderson sisters are set to return.

It’s out on September 30.

Hocus Pocus 2 starts streaming on Disney+ on Friday, September 30—so you could have an entire month to stream it before Halloween night.

There is a trailer, teaser and photos now, too.

“Lock up your kids! Yes, Salem, we’re back!” Winifred says within the teaser, after a pair of high schoolers unintentionally revive the Sandersons.

Disney teased what’s to are available the synopsis: “It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the Seventeenth-century sisters, and so they are searching for revenge. Now it’s up to a few high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a recent sort of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.”

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kathy najimy as mary sanderson, bette midler as winifred sanderson, and sarah jessica parker as sarah sanderson in disney's live action hocus pocus 2, exclusively on disney photo by matt kennedy © 2022 disney enterprises, inc all rights reserved

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On the D23 expo event in September 2022, they released a full trailer showing the Sanderson sisters’ origins and welcoming back the living respiratory book, the “friendly zombie,” and a black cat who looks an entire lot like Binx.

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It also includes Sarah Jessica Parker doing the splits.

The sequel has a recent director.

Adam Shankman, the director behind movies including Hairspray and A Walk to Remember originally signed to helm the movie with a script from Workaholics author and co-producer Jen D’Angelo, and before Shankman, Kenny Ortega of High School Musical notoriety was attached. Now, Fletcher will take the wheel as a result of Shankman’s scheduling conflicts with production on one other Disney sequel, Disenchanted.

“As heartbroken as I’m that I won’t have the opportunity to direct my friends Bette, Sarah Jessica, and Kathy in what is certain to be nothing wanting a significant event for Disney+, as a result of scheduling conflicts, I couldn’t be more pleased to be handing over the reins to Anne, who has brought a lot laughter and joy into people’s lives along with her previous work,” Shankman said of the news.

Fletcher is best known for steering 27 Dresses, The Proposal, and Dumplin’. “I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to play a component in bringing these witches back to life, and to be working with my friends at Disney again makes it all of the more special,” Fletcher said of the news.

The film will premiere exclusively on Disney+.

Somewhat than take the normal theatrical route, the Hocus Pocus sequel will premiere exclusively on Disney’s streaming service. It joins projects reminiscent of the Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian and MCU series Wandavision as original projects on the streamer.

On Disney+ Day, November 12, 2021, the mega-studio released a picture from the set of the brand new series, showing the unique sisters back together again.

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The unique solid is making a comeback.

In a May 2020 interview on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy, Sarah Jessica Parker first gave an update on the sequel—and her co-stars’ involvement in it. “Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and I are all very hospitable to the concept,” she responded. “I feel for a very long time, people were talking about it as if people were moving forward with it in a possible way but we were unaware of it.” She added, “We’ve agreed publicly to the correct people, yes, that will be a really, very fun idea, so we’ll see what the longer term holds.”

This wasn’t the primary time SJP teased her role within the sequel. In October 2019, The Latest York Times reported that a sequel was within the works with Disney+. Around the identical time, Parker shared a throwback photo of her solid members through the original film. Within the comments section she was asked, “any likelihood of a sequel?” to which she responded, “We have now all said yes. Now we wait.”

In May 2021, Disney officially confirmed all three original witches could be reprising their roles for the sequel. Production began this fall—just in time for Halloween.

That said, there will likely be a variety of recent faces within the sequel as well. Confirmed solid members include:

  • Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso)
  • Tony Hale (Arrested Development)
  • Sam Richardson (Veep)
  • Whitney Peak (Gossip Girl)
  • Lilia Buckingham (Crown Lake)
  • Belissa Escobedo (American Horror Stories)
  • Juju Brener (Vanquish)
  • Froy Gutierrez (Teen Wolf)
  • Taylor Henderson
  • Nina Kitchen

There was one other reboot in development before.

Fans may keep in mind that a TV movie remake of the beloved film was in development in 2017, with Scarlett Lacey (The Royals) writing the script.

Nonetheless, that project never materialized following comments Midler made to People in regards to the movie being “low cost” and Ortega’s insistence that the unique trio should return as a substitute. “I feel it will be far more fun to bring the women back,” the director told Entertainment Tonight. “They’re all still vital and of their prime and able to doing a lot that it will be great to see Bette and Kathy and Sarah come back together to do one other movie and I feel they would really like to.”

Savannah Walsh is an Editorial Fellow at ELLE.com.

Lauren Puckett-Pope is an associate editor at ELLE, where she covers news and culture.

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