Collider reports that a sequel to the 1993 cult classic Hocus Pocus is in development at Disney+ with Workaholics writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo.
The outlet also claims the writer is tasked with finding a way to bring back the characters portrayed by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy in the 1993 original. The first film debuted in the same summer that Jurassic Park dominated the box office, making for fierce competition, in addition to it being quite early for audiences to be flocking to witness a family-friendly adventure that took place during Halloween.
Kenny Ortega (High School Musical film series; Descendants film series) directed the original Hocus Pocus. The film starred Bette Midler as Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson, Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson and Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson. The trio were witches resurrected by a teenage boy named Max Dennison (Omri Katz) in Salem, Massachusetts. Rounding up the cast included Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, Sean Murray, Jason Marsden and Doug Jones.
Disney’s original Hocus Pocus hit theaters on July 16, 1993. The film wasn’t a box office success and grossed $39.5 million on a budget of $28 million, losing Disney around $16.5 million. Despite its underperformance at the box office, Hocus Pocus became a cult hit and enjoys continuous airings on both the Disney Channel and Freeform, particularly during the month of October in honor of Halloween.
Stay tuned for details on Hocus Pocus 2.