During the company’s recent Upfront presentation, Disney+ finally announced the release date for its highly-anticipated follow-up, Hocus Pocus 2, featuring the long-awaited return of the Sanderson sisters. Nearly 30 years since the original film made its debut, the sequel has now been scheduled to premiere on Friday, September 30.
Hocus Pocus 2 is a horror-comedy sequel to Disney’s 1993 cult classic, which will be bringing back everyone’s favorite witch sisters, multi-award-winning actress Bette Midler (The First Wives Club) as Winifred Sanderson, four-time Golden Globe winner Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City, And Just Like That) as Sarah Sanderson and Kathy Najimy (Sister Act) as Mary Sanderson.
The sequel is expected to center around three young women who accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern-day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world.
Joining the villainous trio are Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belissa Escobedo, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Hannah Waddingham, Taylor Henderson, Nina Kitchen, Juju Brener, and Froy Gutierrez, along with Doug Jones, who will also be reprising his role as Billy Butcherson.
Hocus Pocus 2 is directed by Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, The Proposal) from a screenplay written by Jen D’Angelo (Workaholics). It is produced by Lynn Harris and Steven Haft. Executive producers are Adam Shankman, Ralph Winter, and David Kirschner.
Directed by Kenny Ortega, the original film followed the story of a teenage boy who accidentally brings a trio of villainous Salem witches back to life on Halloween night. Although Hocus Pocus wasn’t a critical and commercial success by the time of its release, it still stood the test of time through countless annual airings and has now become a cult classic film.