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Mick Garris is Pretty Sure a ‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel is Finally Being Developed

Twenty four years later, the Sanderson Sisters may soon be coming back.

John Carpenter’s Halloween. Trick ‘r Treat. Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. There are some movies that you just *have* to watch every October, and 1993’s Hocus Pocus is most definitely one of them. Rumors of a sequel to the Mick Garris-penned film have been circulating around the net for quite some time now, and Garris himself just addressed them with what sure sounds like an update on the status of that project.

Speaking with Forbes, Garris teased that Hocus Pocus 2 is in development!

Generation after generation, it’s kind of remarkable and fantastic to have something brought to the screen like that and to have it embraced generation after generation,” Garris told the site. “Everybody I meet, it’s either their daughters or their own favorite movie and it’s incredibly exciting. There have been rumors of a Hocus Pocus sequel for the last 10 years that will not die. I have heard they are developing the script, I haven’t been involved in it but I think there will be a sequel it might be for Disney Channel or Freeform or ABC. I think it will be for television but I hear that it is moving ahead.”

The site then asked if the original cast would be returning.

I think they are, yeah, I think they are,” Garris replied. “If they don’t do that I think it would be a big mistake because all three of them are still so incredibly potent and powerful and great performers and who else can recreate those characters?

You may remember that back in 2014, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy all expressed interest in returning to reprise their roles from the 1993 film.

Could it finally be happening?!



  • Aaron King

    Love the original and would like to see a continuation of some kind.

  • Graham

    This is pretty far from confirmation, but it’s also the closest thing to it that we’ve heard. Hopefully it happens! (Also, Mick Garris wrote Hocus Pocus, but it was directed by Kenny Ortega)

  • Ima Badlady

    Just curious, but did anybody else’s parents have a shit fit when you saw this as a kid?

  • DJV1985

    Two points I’d like to bring to the table:

    1 – The original film was great. Loved it as a kid, even though a large number of my friends called it a “girls film”. I think the fun tone of that film was perfect and the casting of the witches was perfect as well.

    2 – NO. No Disney Channel tv series of film because it’ll go like this: The daughter of one of the original three witches, let’s say Midlers character, has moved out and lives in the human world and she has to control her witching powers and rage with normal every day life of a high school girl OH AND SHE SINGS THE INTRO AS WELL.

    That’s how it’ll end up. Either give me a direct sequel to the original with as many of the original cast as you can get (the original witches are a must) otherwise leave it alone, let it be and try not to recapture the magic like so many long gapped sequels do.

    • Yeah i don’t want a cheap tv movie

  • BreeBennett

    Hollywood makes movies we don’t wanna watch, but they don’t make the ones we DO want to.

  • Reece Catlin

    Love this! my favorite movie growing up.

  • ThunderDragoon

    This is my favorite Disney movie. I’d be very disappointed if it’s just a TV movie. It deserves better than that; especially after all these years. But I guess if they bring the original cast back, I can’t complain.

  • Simon Allen

    Please don’t make it without the original leads coz that would just be heresy .

  • Bradley Scott

    Hocus Pocus was developed as a television movie for the Disney Channel until they decided to pick it up for theatrical. I can see this working well- they just need to get the right people involved. The original director is still very involved with Disney so there’s a good chance he’ll be able to jump back in. I dunno, I feel like this could be great.

  • Frank Bautista

    I can just imagine something like “Hocus Pocus 2, staring Dove Cameron as the unknown 4th Sanderson Sister. Will be filled with a lot of the stars from much of the Disney Channel sitcoms. Basically, handled with the same “love and care” as the Adventures in Babysitting remake that Disney did.

  • Forca84

    I had a major crush on the actor who played Max and Thackery Binx. It’s also funny to note Vinessa Shaw is handy with a skillet in “The Hills have Eyes” as well.

  • If they don’t get Midler/Najimy/Parker as the sisters, then it’s not a sequel. I don’t care what they say. The Sanderson sisters WERE that movie. And this isn’t childhood nostalgia–I was in college when the film came out. I really hope they don’t try to rebrand it as some sort of Disney-Channel Generation High-School-Musical-ized crapfest.

  • Travis_Bickle

    A virgin lit the black flame candle apparently.

  • Allen Lee

    Well that’s good they’re making a sequel before the actresses reach their 60s, oh wait they already are

  • Dylan Summers

    Hocus Pocus is a staple of my childhood but unless Hocus Pocus 2 has Bette, Sarah and Kathy and is a major motion picture I’d rather they leave it alone.

    If this ends up being a made-for-TV movie we all know what awful, watered down, slapstick tripe it will be. Even the original cast wouldn’t be able to save it.

    Peeps have to remember Hocus Pocus was quite risky for its time which gave it it’s charm. Hanging, children being captured and killed, talking about virginity, fingers being cut off…..Nowadays Descendents and High School Musical are the ‘one size fits all’ templates for Disney TV movies. No thanks!!!

  • marklola12 .

    so basically he has no idea at all lol…He THINKS they are returning then saying ..if they don’t…blah blah

  • Halloween_Vic

    Bring back the original 3 and make it a major motion film with a huge theatrical release and we got a winner!!!

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