Hocus Pocus 2 gets a late September release date… after sequel filming in January
Hocus Pocus 2, the sequel to the original 1993 film, got a release date from Disney.
On Tuesday, the studio announced that the film will be available on Disney Plus starting September 30.
Bette Midler, 76, Kathy Najimy, 64, and Sarah Jessica Parker, 56, will reprise their roles in the new film.
Coming soon: Hocus Pocus 2, the sequel to the original 1993 film, got a release date from Disney
Disney showed off exclusive footage of the latest iteration of Hocus Pocus during its initial presentation.
Entertainment Weekly reported that a preview for the new film opened with two girls lighting the Black Flame Candle to rally the evil Sanderson sisters.
The publication noted that Midler then said, “Lock up your kids! Yes, Salem, we’re back!
The women then performed a cover of Sir Elton John’s song The B**ch Is Back. Doug Jones, Sam Richardson and Tony Hale also appeared in the clip.
Release date! On Tuesday, the studio announced that the new movie will be available on Disney Plus from September 30; excerpt from the 1993 film
In late January, producer Adam Shankman revealed that filming for the sequel had wrapped.
‘SISTAAAAAHHHHSSS! Aaaaand it’s a WRAP!!! #hocuspocus2’, Shankman, 57, said in an Instagram post.
It was accompanied by a photo of a silhouette of the three witches on a shaggy surface.
The original film was directed by Kenny Ortega and was released in theaters in July 1993.
He cast the star trio as the Sanderson Sisters, three witches who had been executed in 17th century Salem, and are inadvertently awakened on Halloween 1993 by a child named Max (played by Omri Katz), who has lit the Black Flame Candle.
Back for more: Bette Midler, 76, Kathy Najimy, 64, and Sarah Jessica Parker, 56, will reprise their roles in the new film; seen in 1993
The sequel storyline sees the witches return to Salem and the efforts of three teenage girls, played by Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham and Belissa Escobedo, to stop them.
Anne Fletcher directed and Jen D’Angelo wrote the upcoming film, which also stars Hannah Waddingham, Juju Brenner, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Henderson and Nina Kitchen.
Last November, Midler took to Instagram with a photo of herself and her castmates from the upcoming film, writing, “Sistaaaaahs!” ‘It’s time !’
Fletcher said in a statement last fall that she was “beyond thrilled to be involved in the sequel to such a beloved film as Hocus Pocus.”
“Fans around the world have embraced these characters and made this movie an ever-growing Halloween tradition, and how lucky am I to be back at Disney with these three extraordinarily talented women in the iconic roles they’ve created, as well as our fabulous new additions to the cast?
Announcement: In late January, producer Adam Shankman revealed that filming for the sequel had wrapped.