More than twenty years following its release, the movie Hocus Pocus will finally have a sequel. Originally announced in April, news was released on Wednesday that the currently untitled film had a very famous director attached. Tina Fey, best known as a former head writer of Saturday Night Live and the star of the recently ended television show 30 Rock, was said to be in charge of continuing the tale of the Sanderson Sisters, originally played by Better Midler, Kathy Najimy and a pre-Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker. Sadly, Buzzfeed shot many hopes down when they were able to confirm that Fey was attached to the project.
Producers were said to be looking for two types of actresses to fill the lead roles for the sequel. One is the stay-at-home mother and the other is a witch hunter. People attached to the film were looking for a “Tina Fey” type to possibly fill the role of the housewife, which is possibly where the initial reports confused Fey’s attachment. However, Fey is actually working on another “witch related” project for Disney, one that will be produced alongside Allison Schearmur. Fey will also be appearing in the project as well.
There have been some details released regarding the new chapter of the Hocus Pocus tale: set to take place years after the original events that unfolded in the first movie, it will be centered on a housewife who just so happens to be relative of the Sandersons. After her children are taken away by some “resurrected witches” on Halloween night while trick-or-treating, she teams up with a witch hunter to track them down.
Originally released by Disney in 1993, the first Hocus Pocus followed the adventures of Max Dennison, played by Omri Katz, after his actions accidentally cause the reincarnation of the Sanderson witches. He, along with his sister Dani (played by Thora Birch), love interest Allison (Vinessa Shaw) and a cat named Binx (one of the victims cursed by the sisters, voiced by Jason Marsden), attempt to stop the magical siblings from stealing the souls of young children. Produced by Kenny Ortega, who would later go on to create the High School Musical trilogy, Hocus Pocus has become a bit of a cult classic with millions viewing an annual airing of the movie during ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween marathon.
Although the sequel was confirmed months ago, rumors have surrounded the possibility of a second chapter to the film for some time. In 2012, some media outlets reported that the follow-up to Hocus Pocus, said to be called Rise of the Elder Witch, was secretly being worked on. When asked for confirmation on the rumors, insiders at Disney said that there was no truth to them and that the studio was not “developing a sequel” at that time.
Just last year, some of the original cast reunited for a screening of the film to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hocus Pocus. It took place at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Unfortunately, two of the “sisters”; namely Parker and Midler, were unable to attend the event, but Kathy Najimy shared pictures throughout the day on her Twitter page. According to D23, the name of the official Disney fan club, it was the “largest reunion of the cast and crew in the film’s history.” As of now, there has been no word on any of the original cast possibly returning for the sequel.
By Jonathan Brown