A sequel to Halloween comedy Hocus Pocus is reportedly in development.
The 1993 original starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as The Sanderson Sisters, a trio of witches brought back to life by a teenage boy who hates Halloween. Dallas star Omri Katz appeared as the boy, while a young Thora Birch also had a role in the film.
According to Moviehole, Disney is “quietly developing” a belated sequel called Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch. However, it is unknown whether any of the original cast members are being lined up to reprise their roles. The original was helmed by Kenny Ortega, who went on to direct the High School Musical films, but there is currently no information linking Ortega to the sequel.
The film is said to be “an all-new tale”, but “set in the same surrounds as the first film and likely tackling similar territory”. At present, Hocus Pocus 2 is reportedly “in the early stages of development”, but the plan is to release the sequel at some point in 2014 – presumably to coincide with Halloween.
Hocus Pocus opened to mixed reviews upon its 1993 release, but has since become something of a cult classic thanks to strong DVD sales and a regular place on the Halloween TV schedules.