â€˜Hocus Pocusâ€™ could get small screen sequel on Disney Channel
By Victoria Miller
November 1, 2015
A sequel to â€œHocus Pocusâ€ could be in the works. The 1993 cult classic comedy film that starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Milder and Kathy Najimy as a trio of evil sister witches may get another life, this time on the small screen as a Disney Channel feature, according to E! News on Friday.
There has long been speculation that a sequel to â€œHocus Pocusâ€ is in the works, and in a new interview with Yahoo Movies, producer and co-writer David Kirschner revealed that the box-office bomb-turned cult favorite could get its long-awaited follow-up. In the interview, Kirschner admitted that Disney passed on his theatrical pitch several years ago, but he added that he’s still waiting to hear back about a second â€œHocus Pocusâ€ film in the form of a Disney Channel Original Movie.
Bette Midler has already gone on record as saying she would be on board for more witchy hijinks. During a Reddit AMA last year, the actress was asked about her interest in a sequel to the film, and she directed fans to the Walt Disney Company, instructing them to inundate the company with requests. â€œThe ballâ€™s in their court,â€ she wrote. Najimy later voiced her support for another â€œsistahâ€ act, and Sarah Jessica Parker told Buzzfeed that sheâ€™d also be up for it. â€œYeah, I said I would! And I got in so much trouble on Twitter for it,â€ Parker said.
In addition, director Kenny Ortega, who has a bit of experience with Disney Channel Original movies ( â€œHigh School Musical,â€ â€œThe Descendantsâ€), told Hollywood Life he â€œwouldnâ€™t mindâ€ doing a sequel to the 1993 comedy. â€œI think itâ€™d be great to revisit it with the same women,â€ Ortega said. â€œThe Sanderson Sisters deserve another opportunity to land in the middle of something and do it again. Theyâ€™re too much fun.â€
â€œHocus Pocusâ€ fandom hit a new level this year with a â€œHocus Pocusâ€ stage show at Disney World, so the classic film is definitely still on Disneyâ€™s radar. With any luck, the studio will work some magic and bring the sequel to the small screen soon.