Hocus Pocus 2: Disney+ Sequel Hires a Director

Here’s some news for my fellow Hocus Pocus fans courtesy of comicbook.com!

The witches are returning to Salem as Disney is finally moving forward with the long-awaited Hocus Pocus sequel. There have long been rumors and reports that Hocus Pocus 2 was in the works for the Disney+ streaming service, but it looks like the first concrete evidence of the project has now arrived. Variety reported on Wednesday afternoon that Disney has hired director Adam Shankman to helm Hocus Pocus 2 as a Disney+ original film.

Shankman may not be a name that casual Disney fans are familiar with, but he’s long been attached to one of the other highly-anticipated sequels at the Mouse House. Shankman was also hired to direct Disenchanted, the sequel to Enchanted, which has been in pre-production for what feels like an eternity. With Hocus Pocus 2 now on his plate, there’s no word as to which project Shankman will tackle first.

The new Hocus Pocus movie is aiming to be a sequel to the 1993 film, rather than a straight-up remake. This means that the producers are hoping to get the original actresses — Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy — to reprise their roles as the Sanderson Sisters. However, per Variety’s report, none of the three previous stars are currently attached. Disney remains hopeful that they will be involved in some capacity.

The original Hocus Pocus wasn’t a big box office success when it hit theaters 27 years ago. The film earned just $39 million across the globe on a $28 million budget. However, the popularity for Hocus Pocus has skyrocketed over the years, transforming the movie into a cult classic and Halloween staple.

Disney+ is continuing the trend of nostalgia with its original works, as the Hocus Pocus sequel follows previously announced revival projects like The Proud Family and Lizzie McGuire. The latter of those two is facing issues, however, as Disney wants a more family-accessible series while star Hillary Duff continues to push for a slightly more adult tone.

Are you looking forward to Hocus Pocus 2? Let us know in the comments!

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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