Earlier this year, Variety reported that a sequel to cult-classic Halloween comedy “Hocus Pocus” had been greenlit for Disney+, with Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”, “Step Up”) attached to direct.
At the time, a source told Variety that Disney’s preference was for a sequel featuring original stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy rather than reboot the film with a new cast. “Disney is hopeful that they will become involved in some capacity,” the source said of the original cast potentially reuniting for “Hocus Pocus 2”.
It appears that will be happening, according to some comments Midler made in a recent interview with Fox 5 New York’s “Good Day New York”.
“They want to make a movie, they’ve asked us if we were interested and of course all of us said yes,” said Midler. “I’m game, I’m totally game.”
In fact, Midler and her co-stars have already reunited. The stars got together to cast a spell on voters to encourage them to vote.
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Reunited with my sister witches @kathynajimy @sarahjessicaparker and we may have cast a spell on Americans to increase voter turnout. Using our magic for good, can you believe it? Make sure to cast your ballot as soon as possible! Text VOTER to 26797 to confirm your polling location, ballot dropbox location, and your options to vote early. @iamavoter #iamavoter #hocuspocus
“It’s a very big deal, this election, obviously,” Parker says. “Part of me feels that, because so many young people felt disenfranchised in the last election for whatever reason, my fervent hope is that those that sat out will decide that, even if a candidate can’t get them to the exact destination point, the opportunity to get so much close to where they know this country needs to be.”
The three of them sign off the video by reciting a spell from the movie like the Sanderson sisters, reciting, “Make them vote.”
The stars also donned their old costumes as their “Hocus Pocus” characters again, in advance of a special live, one-night-only virtual event, “In Search Of The Sanderson Sisters”, set for Friday, Oct. 30.
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Your 3 fav witches – @sarahjessicaparker @kathynajimy & ME – are returning for 1 night only on 10/30 at 8p ET! “In Search of the Sanderson Sisters” is the best thing to happen to #Halloween since Hocus Pocus + Reeses Pieces. Get your tix now (link in bio) and support @NYRP #nyrphulaween
In addition to the “Hocus Pocus” stars reuniting in character, the special event — hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark — will also feature special guests Glenn Close, Billy Crystal, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Debney, Samantha Diaz, Todrick Hall, Jennifer Hudson, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Michael Kors, Adam Lambert, George Lopez, Alex Moffat, Vinessa Shaw, Martin Short, Sarah Silverman, John Stamos, Meryl Streep, Kenan Thompson, Sophie von Haselberg “and other surprise guests.”
“It was so bizarre to have been these characters 27 years ago,” added Midler of reuniting with Parker and Najimy.
“And to put all that gear on… it was so bizarre because we fell into exactly the same relationship we had and the same style of behaving on screen that we had 27 years ago. As if we had been off for a weekend!”