Thereâ€™s Actually A Good Reason To Make A â€˜Hocus Pocusâ€™ Sequel
Sarah Jessica Parker said she would â€œloveâ€ to return to the Sanderson sisters.
By Matthew Jacobs
10/07/2016 03:39 pm ET
Like a virgin to a candle, rumors of a â€œHocus Pocusâ€ sequel have long lit up the internet. Sarah Jessica Parker fueled them once again during a â€œWatch What Happens Liveâ€ appearance on Thursday, saying, â€œI would love that. I think weâ€™ve all been fairly vocal about being very keen.â€
Parker is right. Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy â€• the other two Sanderson sisters â€• have also expressed emphatic interest in making â€œHocus Pocus 2.â€ Midler said in 2014 that itâ€™s up to Disney, which produced the 1993 original, to get the cauldron boiling.
Iâ€™m not one to encourage Hollywoodâ€™s nostalgia obsession, but there may be good reason to revive this particular Halloween staple. In a vintage interview with Entertainment Weekly, Parker said the â€œHocus Pocusâ€ we know now is nothing like the one she thought she was making. The original script centered more heavily on the Sanderson sisters, but the studio chose to shift focus to the teenagers who resurrect the witchy trio.
â€I havenâ€™t experienced editing to this degree before,â€ Parker reportedly said. The EW article indicates she was nearly edited out of the film, despite â€œweeksâ€ of rehearsal. Considering Parker still appears in a solid chunk of â€œHocus Pocus,â€ even getting her own musical number, I must admit Iâ€™d love to see a follow-up that showcases the full extent of the Sanderson sistersâ€™ quirks. If not a sequel, maybe an alternate cut emphasizing the original vision?
â€She was, like, Renfield mixed with Lolita mixed with a Shakespearean wood nymph mixed with, like, a 4-year-old with breasts,â€ Parker said of her character. â€œIt was totally up to me to create her. I understand the choices that they made. I just wish they had left in a lot of the weird moments.â€