It’s official, the Sanderson sisters are coming back and fans can expect the wicked witches to cast their spell once again next year. Today, Disney announced that Hocus Pocus 2 is officially on its way and is scheduled for release on Disney Plus sometime in fall 2022. Those who grew up with the 1993 original have been waiting for this one for a long, long time, so the news that it’s finally happening has sent the internet into meltdown.
Even better is the confirmation that Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker will be reprising their roles as Winifred, Mary and Sarah Sanderson in the follow-up. It was Midler herself who dropped the news on social media, along with the film’s title card, which was enough to get the nostalgia going already. Story details and other casting beyond the leading actresses have yet to be revealed, but the hype is still at breaking point, as you can see below.
— ? Stimmy Johnson ? (@LamesFranko) May 20, 2021
hocus pocus 2 is happening and I’m screaming.
— jeninie halloweenie (@jeninemariel) May 20, 2021
— ?Friendbear? (@Friendbearx) May 20, 2021
Whoa, Hocus Pocus 2 coming out next yr! ?
— MajicMan187 (@Majic_Man187) May 20, 2021
— Fully Vaccinated Rafael (@RafCarcamoV) May 20, 2021
Is it next Halloween yet?
— Ruja (@ruja_entcheva) May 20, 2021
*Captain America voice* I understood that reference.
— Anthony Tartaglia (@anttartaglia) May 20, 2021
Ok, but if the Sandersons are on board, can we get Doug Jones back as friendly zombie Billy, too?
— Lacey ?? (@LColeman1998) May 20, 2021
Actually, just get everyone from the original back, Disney.
Yesssss give me all the original characters! https://t.co/3tKaKVbmjh
— jacob wyatt (@capjakewyatt) May 20, 2021
This had better be the return the Sandersons deserve.
I so want this to be good. Give the Sanderson Sistaas the return they deserve. ? ?? https://t.co/tMySJzM0Lq
— Vicki Wistow ?∞ (@VickiWistow) May 20, 2021
Disney Plus is about to get a lot more subscribers.
— Justin Powell (@jdpowell1920) May 20, 2021
This news comes shortly after Disney announced that Disenchanted, the long-awaited sequel to Enchanted, is in production now ahead of its debut next year. What a year 2022 will be!
Hocus Pocus 2 & Disenchanted are gonna be must watch movies on Disney+ in 2022! So hyped for both! pic.twitter.com/eYPNGtRIPx
— Josh❤️ Mortal Kombat & TFATWS #BlackLivesMatter (@supermangeek101) May 20, 2021
The first film saw three kids – Max (Omri Katz), Allison (Vinessa Shaw) and Dani (Thora Birch) – accidentally resurrecting the evil hags on Halloween night, 300 years after their execution during the Salem witch trials. The children defeat the trio at the end, but seeing as they came back from the dead once, it seems the sisters are about to do it again in the sequel. How they’ll do so remains to be seen, but now that this announcement’s arrived, stay tuned for more news on Hocus Pocus 2.