‘Hocus Pocus 3’ Officially in Development, Disney Says
With a new Hocus Pocus movie, Disney hopes to once again make magic. Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, confirmed the studio’s official development of Hocus Pocus 3 while speaking about upcoming live-action projects in a profile that was published by The New York Times.Fans will certainly be thrilled by the news, which comes after Hocus Pocus 2 broke streaming records when it debuted on Disney+ last September. The sequel came nearly 30 years after the original film, which was released in 1993.
No other information was given about the potential third film, including a release date or casting. But stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker have all said that they’d be open to making another movie.
The 77-year-old Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner added to that if there was a third Hocus Pocus, she couldn’t figure out yet what the storyline would be. “I can’t imagine what the story would be, but I love Winifred, Sarah, Mary and our relationship,” Midler said. “It’s good for women. We stick together through hell and high water, but we do cause mayhem, and not many women cause that much mayhem!” Najimy, 66, initially turned down the concept of a third movie when discussing with EW. “We’ve pulled every story you could pull out of this,” she said, before admitting, “I guess, never say never. … I don’t know that there are plans for a third one, but I know fans are dedicated to this film. I’m just happy we can bring this to them.”
Parker, 58, was equally onboard. “Of course I’d be happy to have a conversation,” she told EW, “it just depends on what Kathy and Bette want!”Meanwhile, three stars from the original film who did not appear in the 2022 sequel might pop up in the third installment. Omri Katz (Max), Thora Birch (Dani) and Vinessa Shaw (Allison) all helped take down the Sanderson Sisters in the first movie. And they’ve all been vocal about their desire to reprise their roles again.
“We tried so hard to get the original cast back for cameos and then it just kept not working out for one reason or the other,” Hocus Pocus 2 screenwriter Jen D’Angelo told Variety. “But I’m hoping in Hocus Pocus 3, we’ll see Max and Alison living in California.”