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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I know what you’re thinking. No, this isn’t that movie poster that started making the rounds a couple years back. This is some actual, honest to goodness news regarding the silly, all-around fun Halloween movie Hocus Pocus.

This horror-themed comedy, starring Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy didn’t exactly bust open the doors of the megaplex when it hit theaters back in 1993, but for kids who were sub-10 around the time, it was a huge influence. It’s one of those movies that is looked back on fondly, with hopes that a sequel will someday come to fruition.

A couple years back, a poster for Hocus Pocus 2 hit the web and set it ablaze, but sadly, it was nothing but a hoax. With that revelation, all real hope of this happening seemed to die out. Well, get out your broomsticks, ladies and gents, because a sequel may be here sooner than you think, just not in the way you expected.

Speaking with Forbes, Hocus Pocus screenwriter Mick Garris discussed his involvement with the film, and then went on to drop some nuggets regarding the potential sequel.

“It’s amazing to be a part of something that has become a perennial. It [wasn’t] a hugely successful movie when it came out, it was only modestly successful. I wrote the first eight years earlier but it was when it turned out that Bette Midler was interested and wanted to do it, she was at a very high time in her career, that it got put on the fast track and it started happening again. Now it has become an annual thing at the El Capitan on Hollywood Boulevard and the show is sold out. I went there last year and one of the ushers actually recognized me and gave me a tour of the theater. 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. 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.”

So there you have it, an actual sequel is in the works — for real this time — for Hocus Pocus. While it’d be easy to scoff at the fact that they’re shooting for a TV film, I think it’s actually the right move. Hocus Pocus, while a charming little film, doesn’t really hold up as a theatrical release, thanks to its goofy tone. While I’d worry about it airing on Disney Channel, I think the older Freeform network would be a much better fit.

But can they capture lightning in a bottle again? That’s a tough one, since the first one’s resilience was so unexpected. All we can do is wait and see. Were you a fan of the original Hocus Pocus? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Forbes

  • oh_riginal

    I don’t know how many times I had to tell my woman that the poster isn’t real whenever she’d see it on Facenovel. I swear it’s a yearly thing now.

  • Victor Roa

    Oh whoa, you mean Critters director is back? I won’t lie, A HUGE INFLUENCE on me, even down the the most dumb joke then ends with women in corsets and cool make up zombies. SO YES PLEASE!

  • Bitchy McBitcherton

    The original was surprisingly great, and I’d actually love a sequel with all the original cast in it

  • Kindofabigdeal

    1993, I guess I was 12 when it came out. Never really appealed to me as it had 3 women lead. Not a sexist thing, but 12 year old me was more into Indiana Jones and Star Wars (see other article). It wasn’t until years after it came out that my little sisters began quoting it. So I finally watched it with them and it turned out to be a decent little Halloween movie. Something I would watch further out of October, before you start to watch the really scary movies. It’s also a nice little gem to have running in the background if you are having a kids Halloween party.
    This sequel sounds all bad. Made for TV sequel doesn’t quite sell it for me. I have the feeling that they won’t even have the same cast back. IF, they can get the three main leads again, and IF they get the girl to reprise her role. Maybe she’s a mom now and the witches return for her daughter for revenge. IF, Thaccary Binx comes back in cat form to assist her, then maybe it could work.
    Side note: We always thought his name was Zachary Bynx, because who the hell names their kid Thaccary.

    • SeanDon

      What?!? I just looked it up, it is Thackery on IMDB, what the hell is that? I thought it was Zachary as well.

      Yeah, it’s a decent enough Halloween movie. But don’t know how necessary a made for tv movie sequel is.

      Side Note: The older girl in the movie (real name Vinessa Shaw) was also in the Hills Have Eyes remake.

  • SeanDon

    Why? Let the original one stay as it is. Do we really need 70year old witches running around, after I guess, coming back from the spell that killed them in the first?

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.