Wednesday, June 25, 2014

'Hocus Pocus' Sequel Rumors Begin to Magically Swirl

Courtesy Disney blogs
Forgive my heart palpitations as I write this, but I cannot contain the sheer joy I am feeling relaying this news! Well, “news” may be a bit of a stretch, more like rumors with a little bit of steam behind them. A sequel to the classic 1993 Halloween (or year round, whatever) movie, "Hocus Pocus," may very well be in the works at Disney.

On Saturday June 14th, fans of "Hocus Pocus" were treated to a 20-year reunion of a handful of the film’s stars and production team. A screening of the film, a prop museum of sorts, and a Q & A was part of the festivities for the "Hocus Pocus" fans mounted by D23, an official Disney fan club. Apparently, the rumor began when Kathy Najimy, who played delightful doofy Sanderson sister Mary, made a joke about her hopes for a sequel. While this may have been one actor’s wishful thinking, Najimy’s remarks were backed up by the film’s creator and producer David Kirschner. This was all fans and Twitter needed to be off and running with the news.

This isn’t the first time "Hocus Pocus" has been the subject of sequel rumors, the first was in 2012. It even had a title, "Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch" was said to be in full swing over at Disney, that is until the House of Mouse quashed the rumors themselves.

If a sequel to "Hocus Pocus" is now becoming a very real possibility, what could we expect? A reunion of the original cast, whom the majority of gamely participated in the reunion, or a fresh new take on the rise of the Sanderson sisters, who all were zapped to bits at the end of the movie (like that’s ever kept any good witch down before?). Would Sarah Jessica Parker be willing to reprise her role as the sexy Sarah Sanderson (no doubt with Louboutin witchy heels), would Doug Jones’s "Billy the Butcher" be back? And let’s not even talk about Bette Midler not even considering it; I don’t think my heart can take it.

I guess we will just have to wait and see.

-Roxy Orcutt