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If you were a ’90s kid, this news might have you running “Amuck! Amuck! Amuck! Amuck! Amuck!” In October 2019, Disney Plus announced that a sequel to 1993’s beloved movie “Hocus Pocus” was in the works. This week, they made it official by naming the director.
Adam Shankman, known for his work on films such as “Hairspray,” “A Walk to Remember” and “17 Again,” shared his excitement in an Instagram post.
“Thanks with all of my heart dear @disney,” wrote Shankman. “Looks like Il [sic] be working on a looooooottttt of magic for awhile … I feel incredibly honored and humbled to be guiding forward these two Disney crown jewel legacies. My only hope is to honor those who came before me and build something new and exciting, as I desperately try to not let down the fans and enchant the new initiates! Fingers crossed! Xo”
More than 11,000 people have liked the post and commenters include excited celebs.
“I’m dead. Hocus pocus is my favorite movie,” gushed Disney alum Vanessa Hudgens.
Actor Daniel Levy commented, “Put me in, coach!!”
Shankman replied, “Do you think the world is ready for cousin Vinny Sanderson?!? Chic, youth obsessed, incorrigible, and the biggest Sanderson DIVA of all!”
“U better cameo me in hocus pocus or I’m putting a damn Hex on u!!!” warned singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder of One Republic, which Shankman said felt like a no-brainer.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy starred in the original 1993 film as the Sanderson sisters, three witches who were accidentally awakened 300 years after their execution. Max (Omri Katz), his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and his crush Allison (Vinessa Shaw) try to thwart the sisters with the help of Thackery Binx, a 17th-century boy the witches transformed into an immortal cat.
However, none of the original cast members have been attached to the upcoming Disney Plus film as of yet, nor has Disney hinted at the storyline of the new movie. We also don’t know when the movie is coming out, or if “Disenchanted” will be produced first.
And it should be pointed out that this year, there’s a full (blue) moon on Halloween, which would be a perfect time for the sequel to come out. In the first “Hocus Pocus,” this convergence is when dead spirits (like the Sanderson sisters) can be raised by the Black Flame Candle.
Does the idea of a “Hocus Pocus” sequel put a spell on you?