Disney Finally Speaks Up: “The studio is not developing a sequel to ‘Hocus Pocus…”

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‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel Rumors Are Unfounded, Disney Says


If you’re a child of the 90s, a Bette Midler fan or a creepily over-enthusiastic admirer of young Omri Katz, you might want to sit down. We have some bad news. Disney is not — despite rumors that have flown faster than Sarah Jessica Parker on a broomstick — planning to revisit its classic 1993 Halloween musical.

“The studio is not developing a sequel to ‘Hocus Pocus,'” a rep told The Huffington Post.

For those who initially missed the news debunked by this email, Moviehole reported on Friday that Disney was “quietly developing” a follow-up to “Hocus Pocus.” Moviehole even claimed that the movie had a title: “Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch,” which instantly brought to mind spectacular visions of Betty White joining the cast as Bette Midler’s slightly older sister.

Moviehole’s report cast a spell over a large swath of the blogosphere over the past few days. It was picked up by Perez Hlton, MTV, NME and many others.

So unless Disney changes its mind after seeing how surprisingly popular a 19-year-old movie about soul-sucking songstresses remains, there are going to be a lot of disappointed fans out there.

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5 thoughts on “Disney Finally Speaks Up: “The studio is not developing a sequel to ‘Hocus Pocus…”

  1. What a bumper. I’d love a sequel of “Hocus Pocus”, especially with The Divine Miss M and Kathy Najimy.

  2. I read on another (Disney DVD) blog that there will also be no special or bonus features on the Blu-Ray DVD release of Hocus Pocus. I found that rather hard to believe, since almost every other Bu-Ray Disney DVD has at least something in the way of bonus or supplemental materials (e.g., “Newsies”). So, I decided to e-mai Disney, and received essentially the same response:

    “Thank you for your e-mail. We appreciate your interest and are happy to answer your questions.

    Currently there are no bonus features that will be available on the Blu-ray release of Hocus Pocus. We would be happy to share with the rest of our team that you would like to have special features and bonus material available.

    If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reply to this email. You may also contact us at 1-800-723-4763 (Canada: 1-888-877-2843), Monday 9:30-7:30 and Tuesday through Friday 9:30-6:30 CST.


    Walt Disney Studios Distribution Consumer Relations
    US and Canada”

    Unfortunately, most DVD’s are ready for distribution about 3 weeks before street date, so if Disney hasn’t decided on bonus or extra features by now, it’s not likely to come–bummer! Not even the theatrical trailer?? This is pure laziness on Disney’s part. Why have it on Blu-Ray in the first place? I still may buy it, but talk about milking the consumer……

    1. Thanks for the info…I’ll post about it….that sucks….there was even a “making of” documentary they could have added to it!

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