‘Hocus Pocus’ Director Kenny Ortega on What He Needs From Sequel

'Hocus Pocus' Director Kenny Ortega on What He Wants From Sequel

On Friday night time, the celebrities of “Hocus Pocus” are reuniting for a digital charity profit, however will the Sanderson sisters ever return for an precise sequel?

Disney Plus is at the moment engaged on a sequel to “Hocus Pocus,” however no casting or storyline particulars have been introduced, because the undertaking stays in improvement.

“Hocus Pocus 2” will likely be directed by Adam Shankman, Selection reported earlier this yr, however since our report in March, no new developments have come about to the buzzy sequel, which has been within the works for fairly a while on the Disney streaming service.

When Shankman got here on board to “Hocus Pocus 2,” the unique stars — Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy — weren’t connected to the sequel, although sources, on the time, mentioned Disney is hopeful that the trio would turn into concerned in some capability, ideally reprising their roles, quite than utterly rebooting the 1993 movie.

The unique “Hocus Pocus,” which tanked on the 1993 field workplace however turned a cult hit, was directed by Kenny Ortega, the mastermind behind “High School Musical,” Disney’s “The Descendants” and Netflix’s new musical sequence, “Julie and the Phantoms.”

Talking to Selection in an interview performed earlier this yr, Ortega says he can’t assist however smile when seeing his tasks discover new generations of viewers, and so, he’s supportive of all reboots and sequels.

“It puts a big ‘ol smile on my face! It really does,” Ortega mentioned, talking to lots of his tasks getting a second life, together with his 1992 movie “Newsies,” which marked his function directorial debut. “To see ‘Newsies’ become an award-winning Broadway musical and tour the world, to see ‘High School Musical’ so intelligently reimagined as a television series with an absolutely adorable cast and writing staff, and to see ‘Hocus Pocus’ become a cult film and now finally get an opportunity, perhaps with the original actresses, to happen again, I think it’s all exceptional.”

“It wouldn’t be happening if the original works didn’t impact an audience to come back at it again,” Ortega added. “I’m very pleased.”

Requested if he is aware of something extra concerning the “Hocus Pocus” sequel — which he isn’t connected to in any capability — Ortega says he has not been made conscious of something, aside from the truth that it’s being developed at Disney Plus with Shankman directing.

Nevertheless, Ortega has one want, ought to the sequel be greenlit.

“I would hope that a sequel would involve the three women in some major capacity,” he tells Selection.

Tonight, Midler is bringing collectively the core forged for a “Hocus Pocus” reunion — a mockumentary studying with a completely new script, which introduced all three stars again in costume because the fan-favorite witch sisters. Midler has additionally been posting about “Hocus Pocus,” in an effort to encourage her followers to get out and vote.

In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover” is a one-night solely occasion that prices $10 and instantly proceeds the New York Restoration Mission, the group she based in 1995 to wash and restore inexperienced areas in New York Metropolis.

The unique “Hocus Pocus” was definitely not a serious field workplace success, bringing in $39 million worldwide on a $28 million finances, however since, has gained an enormous cult following by DVDs and syndication, particularly in the course of the month of October when the movie airs on repeat throughout Halloween programming.

Through the coronavirus pandemic, with new movie content material on pause, Disney re-released “Hocus Pocus” in theaters, the place the film topped the U.S. field workplace, three many years after its unique launch. That’s proof sufficient that we want a sequel.

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