Hocus Pocus 2 Release Date: Hocus Pocus 2 is a Walt Disney Pictures production directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Jen D’Angelo. The film is a sequel to the 1993 film Hocus Pocus, and it will star Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Doug Jones, with Sam Richardson and Tony Hale joining in new roles.
Sequel to Hocus Pocus
By 2014, there was talk of a Hocus Pocus sequel, with some actors expressing interest in reprising their roles. In 2017, a remake of the original film, written by Scarlett Lacey, was in the works but never completed.
In 2019, a sequel to Hocus Pocus has been confirmed, with D’Angelo set to write the screenplay. In March 2020, Adam Shankman was hired to direct the film, but he was replaced by Fletcher in April 2021.
Production was supposed to start in Salem, Massachusetts, in the middle of 2021, but it actually started on October 18, 2021, in Newport, Rhode Island.
What Will Be Featured in the Hocus Pocus 2?
Two Young Girls Lighting The Iconic Black Flame Candle
At Disney’s upfronts presentation, where the release date was revealed, a small teaser trailer was shown, which included two young girls lighting the iconic Black Flame Candle, which, according to legend, will resurrect the Sanderson sisters if lighted on Halloween night.
Obviously, no one told either of the girls, as Midler’s Winifred Sanderson exclaims at the end of the video “Keep your kids locked up! Yes, Salem, we’ve returned!”
The Original 1993 Picture, Directed By Kenny Ortega
The original 1993 picture, directed by Kenny Ortega, presented the story of the Sanderson sisters of Salem and a group of children who unintentionally inflict a curse on the historic New England town.
The children work to send the sisters back to hell before they can eat the life power of Salem’s children, with the help of a boy stuck in the body of a black cat for 300 years, named Thackery Binx or Binx for short.
The plot of the future sequel is yet unknown. However, Anne Fletcher, the sequel’s director, expressed her sentiments about the original’s legacy in the following statement:
“I’m ecstatic to be a part of the sequel to Hocus Pocus, which is one of my favorite movies. Fans all over the world have embraced these characters, making this film a Halloween tradition whose popularity continues to increase, and how fortunate am I to be back at Disney with these three really brilliant ladies in the famous roles they established, as well as our amazing new cast members?”
Who Will Be Cast in Hocus Pocus 2?
- Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson, the oldest of the three Sanderson sisters, is played by Bette Midler. Young Winnie Sanderson (Taylor Paige Henderson).
- Sarah Jessica Parker portrays Sarah Sanderson, the eldest of the Sanderson sisters.
Juju Brene in the role of Young Sarah Sanderson.
- Winifred and Sarah Sanderson’s middle sister, Mary Sanderson, is played by Kathy Najimy.
- Nina Kitchen in the role of Young Mary Sanderson.
- Doug Jones plays William “Billy” Butcherson, an ex-boyfriend who was poisoned by Winifred on May 1, 1693, and resurrected as a zombie.
- Whitney Peak plays Becca, a high school girl who is trying to stop the Sanderson sisters.
- Lilia Buckingham plays Cassie, a high school girl who tries to stop the Sanderson sisters.
- Belissa Escobedo in the role of Izzy, a high school girl striving to stop the Sanderson sisters.
- Tony Hale as Mayor Jefry Traske of Salem.
- In addition, unnamed roles have been cast for Sam Richardson, Hannah Waddingham, and Froy Gutierrez.
- Drag queens Ginger Minj, Kornbread Jeté, and Kahmora Hall will play Winnie, Mary, and Sarah, respectively.
What You Have To Know More About Hocus Pocus 2?
Midler, along with Najimy and Jessica Parker, said on October 29, 2020, that a story idea for the sequel had been completed, which she described as “quite excellent.”
On November 3, Midler announced that the producers are attempting to re-hire some members of the first film’s production team who are still alive and have not retired, as they believe the behind-the-scenes team was responsible for much of the film’s success.
Due to Shankman’s directing commitments with Disenchanted, Anne Fletcher took over as director in April 2021, while he will remain an executive producer on the picture.
Filming The Hocus Pocus 2
Production was set to begin in Salem, Massachusetts, in the middle of 2021. Sets for Hocus Pocus 2 were confirmed to be developed at Chase Farms in Lincoln, Rhode Island, in September 2021, in Newport, Rhode Island, and Washington Square. Under the working title Black Flame, filming began on October 18, 2021, in Providence, Rhode Island.
On November 2, 2021, the footage was leaked. Filming also took place in Newport’s Washington Square on November 8, 2021, in modern Salem, Massachusetts.
Federal Hill was turned into a Halloween-themed setting for filming on December 10, 2021. Midler confirmed the completion of filming on social media in January 2022.
Hocus Pocus 2 Release Date
The release date for Hocus Pocus 2, the highly anticipated and long-awaited sequel to the witchy Disney classic, has been confirmed by Disney. Hocus Pocus 2 will premiere on Disney+ on September 30, 2022, just in time for Halloween.
The film’s release date is predictable and coincides with the start of the Halloween season. This, of course, contrasts with the release of the first film, Hocus Pocus, which was released in July 1993, in an odd turn of events.
However, it appears that the sequel will atone for this wrongdoing. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will reprise their roles as the Sanderson sisters in the sequel.
On September 30, 2022, the film Hocus Pocus 2 will be released on Disney+. Fans of the original 1993 film, which has become one of the most beloved Halloween films of all time, will be happy to learn of the release date.
Despite being missed at first, Hocus Pocus developed an audience thanks to its VHS release and annual television airings in October. The film is usually broadcast on Freeform as part of its Halloween programming.