Hocus Pocus 2 Official Teaser Trailer
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The witches are back! The Sanderson sisters (Better Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker) return in this follow-up to 1993’s Halloween classic, streaming Sept. 30 on Disney+.
Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American fantasy comedy horror film directed by Kenny Ortega and written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris. The film follows a villainous comedic trio of witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) who are inadvertently resurrected by a virgin teenage boy (Omri Katz) in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night.
The film was released in the United States on July 16, 1993, by Walt Disney Pictures. Upon its release, it received mixed reviews from film critics and was a box office failure, possibly losing Disney around $16.5 million during its theatrical run.
However, largely through many annual airings on Disney Channel and Freeform (formerly ABC Family) all throughout the month of October annually, Hocus Pocus has been rediscovered by audiences, resulting in a yearly spike in home video sales of the film every Halloween season. The annual celebration of Halloween has helped make the film a cult classic.
A sequel is in production, written by Jen D’Angelo, directed by Anne Fletcher and it is set for release on September 30, 2022 as a Disney+ original film.
In May 2021, it was confirmed that Midler, Parker, and Najimy will reprise their roles as the Sanderson Sisters and the film would be released in 2022. In September 2021, sets for Hocus Pocus 2 were confirmed being built in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
In October 2021, it was announced John Debney, the composer of the original film, is set to return to score the sequel. Shortly afterwards, it was announced that Taylor Henderson had been cast as one of the three leads.
Filming began on October 18, 2021, in Providence, Rhode Island. In May 2022, it was announced that the film will be released on September 30, 2022