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The Witches Are Back! And There Will Be Hell To Pay! Hocus Pocus 2 Confirmed For Disney + !

We all remember the beloved cult classic Halloween movie Hocus Pocus, which centers around Max, the new kid from California who moved to Salem. He doesn’t believe in the Salem folklore of the Sanderson Sisters, a trio of witches who died in the 17th century, or the myth of a virgin bringing them back from the dead. As Max struggles to fit in and impress the girl of his dreams, he foolishly awakens the Sanderson Sisters and unleashes a world of trouble upon the small town of Salem once again.

Now that you are caught up! This beloved classic was released in 1993 and has since then been a cult Halloween favorite for kids and adults alike, even spawning a broadway play and being apart of Halloween tv specials year after year. Well, Disney +has just confirmed that there would be a sequel!

According to ScreenRant.com, the sequel will be titled “Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch.” Since the 90s, films about witches have grown more substantial interest as we see in countless tv shows and movies like 2015’s “The Witch” and the upcoming reboot of 1990’s “The Witches,” Not to mention the current feminist movement and representation of women in Hollywood now.

It is reported that the original cast will return! Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy will reprise their roles as Sarah, Winifred, and Mary Sanderson. But how will this sequel be marketed in today’s society? At the core of the story, three witches kidnap children to drain their life force to stay young and become more powerful. But a sympathetic backstory could soften the rough edges of the story. It will be tough with our sensitive culture now!

Another potential challenge to this film ScreenRant.com points out is that there are reports of misrepresentation in movies and tv shows the Wiccan community finds offensive. Not to mention Hocus Pocus caused some damage and misinformation of who or what they believe. Some modifications could be made with a creative spin. But will too much appeasement take away from the light-hearted nature of the film?

The visual effects in Hocus Pocus are typical of any 90’s film dealing with magical forces. We are talking about pre CGI but isn’t that what made these films so endearing and, in a sense, “magical” because of the limited means in effects and more emphasis on creative plot summaries? But for a modern audience, some modifications will have to be considered for this sequel as audiences are use to a specific advanced style of filmmaking instead of those of the 90s.

A reboot was considered years ago, but Bette Midler was against it and concerned that directors could lead the story in a different direction that would ruin the essence of the original film. Instead, the cast petitioned for a sequel to reprise their former roles. But would a reboot have worked better? I am not sure as some reboots become tiresome and take away from the nostalgic factor.

Many fans of the original film have questions about the origin story of the Sanderson Sisters, as the film did not give much background into the sisters’ powers. I guess it depends on the audience’s preference when it comes to storytelling? Do you care for more information or less into the character’s background as it suits the film?

According to Digitalspy.com, The original writer of the film, Mike Garris, will not be involved in the sequel but has expressed some excitement about the actresses reprising their roles again. He also stated that “you don’t always want to revisit all of the touchstones of the past.”

Hocus Pocus 2 will be directed by Adam Shankman, known for Broadway musical films such as Hairspray. Still, he is currently working on the sequel to Enchanted first and then will work on Hocus Pocus 2, hopefully!

So far, there is no set release date for Disney + as a director has just been found for the sequel, not to mention the COVID -19 regulations for filmmakers and actors. In the meantime, audiences will have to see the original film now streaming on Disney + and re re release in theaters. Stay tuned for more updates on this story!

Happy Watching,

(Librarian Ninja Girl)

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