It’s been 300 years, but we finally have an answer to that age old question: Will Better Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker ever commit to a Hocus Pocus sequel?
I couldn’t have asked for a more spectacular cure for my post-Halloween hangover. Seriously, I don’t know whether I’m more excited about this cackling crew getting back together or Destiny’s Child getting back together.
Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker – who played the youngest witch in the Sanderson Sisters trio (but hardly the Michelle of the group), Sarah Sanderson in the 1993 Disney movie – set the internet ablaze with excitement over the weekend when she dropped this Instagram post on Halloween:
Accompanying a famous still from the cult-classic, Sarah Jessica-Parker wrote:
One for the books.
Finally, someone’s relit the Black Flame Candle and I couldn’t be happier.
But the juicy details appeared later on in the comments. According to The Daily Mail, one fan asked the 53-year-old actress if there was “any chance of a sequel?!”, to which Sarah replied: “We have all said yes. Now we wait. X’
Holy shit, sisters. This is massive.
SJP then responded to another fan: “We await instructions”.
Collider reported the following last week:
“Since the project is still in early development at Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, it remains unclear whether they’ll be the main characters, or whether we’ll see them pass the proverbial torch to a new generation of witches.”
That’s me judging you.
Hocus Pocus is a 1993 cult Disney film. It told the tale of three sister witches – Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mary Sanderson (Kathy Najimy) – from the time of the Salem witch trials, who come back from the grave on a Halloween night in the ’90s to suck the lives out of the children of Salem so they can stay young forever.
Just not in film or TV form.
There’s actually a Hocus Pocus continuation story already out there in the form of a novel called Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel. This was an official book recently published by Disney (that mysteriously went under the radar) and was released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film.
Here’s the plot:
“Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches, the Sanderson sisters, from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on earth to torment Salem for all eternity.
“Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest vile scheme.”
Will Disney draw upon this continuation story for their Disney+ reimagining? Could this be the plot for the Hocus Pocus sequel?
Keep an eye on this book. That’s all I’m saying.
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