All Three Actresses Want Hocus Pocus 2, So What Is Hollywood Waiting For?
BY CONNER SCHWERDTFEGER
If you kept up with all of the coolest celebrity costumes during this year’s Halloween festivities, then you likely saw that Bette Midler brought back her iconic Hocus Pocuscharacter, Winifred Sanderson, in dramatic fashion. This wasn’t a cheap costume either; she pulled out all of the stops and delivered something awesome that Hocus Pocus fans really loved. However, this shouldn’t necessarily surprise us considering the fact that Bette Midler has reportedly wanted make a Hocus Pocus 2 for quite some time. As it turns out, she isn’t alone in her desire either; all of the Hocus Pocusstars are game to return. What is Disney even waiting for?
A recent report from E News should serve as a very heartwarming reminder for fans of Hocus Pocus: Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker have separately come out and admitted that they would similarly like to see a second Hocus Pocus movie materialize at some point in the near future. This isn’t just something that fans are asking for; the biggest names attached to the original film want it to happen. With all three of the film’s headlining stars on board to bring the awesome Halloween-themed adventure back to the silver screen, the ball is pretty much entirely in Disney’s court regarding whether or not to pull the trigger. Please, Disney, you won’t be disappointed if you go for it.
There has arguably never been a better time for another Hocus Pocus film. For starters, cult classic properties in general have experienced a major resurgence over the course of the last few years. With the recent updates for films like Ghostbustersand 21 Jump Street, as well as the fact that Netflix‘s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp proved that time is no obstacle if a cast wants to reassemble, there’s really no reason why Hocus Pocus 2 couldn’t work almost 25 years later. Nostalgia reigns supreme at the box office these days, and a Hocus Pocus sequel could seriously capitalize on that.
Beyond that, there’s also currently an enormous market for female-driven comedies. Hocus Pocus was something of an oddity when it hit theaters in 1993 — and in many ways, it still is. However, in recent years we have seen a major uptick in female-driven comedies from all subgenres — from slapstick to raunchy. While Hocus Pocuswas definitely a more risky venture for Disney back in 1993, the current market is definitely conducive to letting three beloved actresses return to three beloved characters to work their (literal) magic.
Whether or not we will ever actually see these three women return to their iconic roles for a second Hocus Pocus movie remains to be seen. There’s clearly a market for such a sequel, and the performers are obviously still willing to reunite all these years later, so it pretty much seems like a no brainer. We will bring you any and all relevant news related to this potential project as more updates become available to us. Stay tuned for more details!