Bette Midler Reveals Original "Hocus Pocus" Stars Will Return for Sequel


Did someone light a black flame candle? The original Sanderson Sisters are returning to Salem.

It's October, which always brings a deluge of Hocus Pocus news alongside marathons of the cult 1993 movie. As NewNowNext previously reported, stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy all recently jumped back on their broomsticks to play their Sanderson selves for Midler's upcoming virtual event, In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover.

But the trio better get used to wearing their witchy wigs because according to Midler, all three are confirmed to return for a Hocus Pocus sequel.

"They want to make a movie, they’ve asked us if we were interested and of course all of us said yes," Midler told New York's Fox 5. "I’m game, I’m totally game."

This isn’t the first time rumbles of a Hocus Pocus Part Two have stirred the pot cauldron. Last year, Variety reported that a sequel was in development for Disney+, and back in 2018, it was reported that Disney Channel was looking to develop a TV movie picking up where the original film left off (and possibly featuring a lesbian storyline).

Although Hocus Pocus premiered nearly 30 years ago, queer and straight fans alike have clamored to see Midler and her co-stars reprise their iconic roles. The original movie follows a teen boy who accidentally resurrects the Sanderson sisters after they were hanged for being witches in the 1600s. Hocus Pocus wasn’t a box-office success when it first premiered, but its campy vibes—and Midler’s iconic musical number, “I Put A Spell On You”—made the Halloween-y flick an instant cult classic.

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