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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