A sequel to the 1993 cult hit “Hocus Pocus” is in development for Disney+, with ‘Workaholics” writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo attached to write the script.
Details about the sequel’s plot are not currently known. The original film starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three cursed witches from the 1690s who are resurrected 300 years later and must acclimate to the 20th century while performing several nefarious deeds in order to undo the curse. According to Collider, which first reported the news, D’Angelo is attempting to bring Midler, Parker, and Najimy back for the sequel, though they are not currently attached to the film.
Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.
“Hocus Pocus” was directed by Kenny Ortega and written by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert from a story by Garris and David Kirschner. It also starred Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, and Doug Jones. Released in the summer of 1993, the film made only $39 million on a $28 million budget, but became something of a cultural touchstone in the following years, thanks to frequent cable TV airings, particularly on Disney-owned channels.
It was reported in 2017 that Disney Channel was developing a remake of “Hocus Pocus,” though there was no further news about the project.
D’Angelo’s other credits include serving as a supervising producer on CBS’s “Happy Together” and as a writer and producer on Fox’s “LA to Vegas.”