Hocus Pocus 2 Producer Says Original Trio’s Dynamic Was Like a ‘Snap Back in Time’ on Set

From People.com

It’s been almost 30 years since the release of Hocus Pocus, but for Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker, some witches never change.

In a recent chat with PEOPLE, Hocus Pocus 2executive producer Adam Shankman revealed that the three stars of the 1993 original “just fell right in” with each other on set of the highly anticipated sequel.

“[It was] like a snap back in time, as if time had not [passed],” says Shankman, 57. “They were just laughing, laughing, laughing. … It was easy.”

“Kathy, Sarah and Bette have known each other since they made the movie … so [there] was nothing but giddiness,” he continues, adding with a laugh, “I think there was a little bit of, like, ‘Wow, are we really doing this again?’ ”

Shankman notes that the original Hocus Pocus“was not a hit when it came out,” but eventually became “the juggernaut Halloween movie” due to it “endlessly run(ing) on cable” and streaming platforms.

Asked why he believes it took almost three decades to produce a sequel, Shankman says, “I don’t think Disney was interested in any of the ideas that were brought forward to them until this one.”


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