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​Hocus Pocus 2 'In The Works' For Disney+

​Hocus Pocus 2 'In The Works' For Disney+

Magical 90s flick Hocus Pocus could be getting a new lease of life for Disney+, according to Collider - which reports a new film is currently in the works.

According to the entertainment site, Disney has hired Workaholics writer and co-producer Jen D'Angelo to write the script for Hocus Pocus 2.

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The original film was released back in 1993 and starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three witches: sisters Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson.

While the film received mixed critical response at the time, over the past two-and-a-half decades it's become something of a cult classic thanks to screenings on the likes of the Disney Channel and ABC Family - now known as Freeform.

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in Hocus Pocus. Credit: Buena Vista Pictures
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in Hocus Pocus. Credit: Buena Vista Pictures

While the original cast aren't currently attached to the project in any official capacity, Disney is reportedly trying to rope Midler, Parker and Najimy in for a second instalment, even if their return is not as the main characters of the new film.

Kenny Ortega, the director of the first film, has previously said a reboot would be 'much more fun' with the movie's original cast.

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In an interview with Entertainment Tonight back in 2017, Ortega said he was only really up for it if Midler, Parker and Najimy were too.

He said: "I would like to see a sequel, and I think fans would like to see a sequel. I think it would be much more fun to bring the ladies back."

Ortega continued: "They're all still vital and in their prime and capable of doing so much that it would be great to see Bette and Kathy and Sarah come back together to do another movie and I think they would like to."

Kenny Ortega. Credit: PA
Kenny Ortega. Credit: PA

And it seems many fans agree as well.

Upon hearing the news that the film is in the works for Disney+, one person tweeted: "If it doesn't have the original cast they can keep it."

Someone else wrote: "Unless it's the OG cast they shouldn't even bother."

Either way, the enduring love for the original film still rages on, and believe it or not, Hocus Pocus even celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly at the time, Sarah Jessica Parker spoke about the movie's long-lasting magic, saying it's 'wonderful' that people are still enjoying it.

She said: "I don't think any of us who were making it at the time thought Hocus Pocus would have such a long life.

"People tell me all the time they grew up watching it, and that they still watch it. I think it's wonderful."

LADbible has reached out to Disney for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Buena Vista Pictures

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Disney+

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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