Bette Midler says a Hocus Pocus sequel is coming: ‘We’re just talking logistics’


It’s spooky season and Halloween is in thirty days. We’re counting down to the New Year of the Celtic calendar while decorating with jack-o-lanterns and spiderwebs. In October we also revisit our favorite movies of the season including the cult classic Hocus Pocus. Disney+ is now streaming the original on its platform as of October 1. In 2017, it was announced that Disney was doing a Hocus Pocus reboot without the original director or cast. However, Bette Midler did an interview with Nischelle Turner for Entertainment Tonight where she hinted at possibly revising her role in the reboot. She also stated that she, and the rest of the Sanderson sisters, will be reuniting virtually for a Hulaween event sometime in October. Below is more on the story:

So the Sanderson Sisters haven’t been gone for 300 years, but Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker are long overdue for more Hocus Pocus — especially now that Disney+ is hard at work on a sequel.

Though the studio has yet to officially confirm the trio’s involvement in the follow-up, Midler not only says she’s “absolutely” up to reprise her role as Winifred Sanderson, but teases: “I can’t wait to fly!” Which sounds an awful lot like she’s in for Hocus Pocus 2.

“Oh, yeah,” she told ET’s Nischelle Turner. “We’re just talking logistics.”

Hairspray’s Adam Shankman will assume directing duties from Kenny Ortega, who helmed the 1993 Halloween classic. In the meantime, Midler will virtually reunite with Najimy and Parker for a good cause in October for “In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover.”

[From Entertainment Tonight

Autumn is my favorite season and Halloween my favorite holiday. Every October I watch Hocus Pocus, Halloween, and The Craft. They are my favorite Halloween movies and they are classics. I personally am over reboots because Hollywood is always unable to recreate the same magic of the original/ I feel like they should come up with some new ideas or bring in new talent like Will Smith is doing with the Fresh Prince reboot.

With that being said, if they bring back the original Sanderson sisters to the new project I will be all in because Bette, Sarah and Najimy literally made that movie and I love their chemistry together. I will also try to find information on the Hulaween Takeover, A couple of weeks ago I tweeted that I will conquer the Hula Hoop by the end of 2020. I am determined folks. In the meantime I am going to create a Halloween wreathe and carve out a pumpkin. What are your favorite Halloween movies?




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  1. Dl says:

    Hocus Pocus, Adams Family Values. I did enjoy The Craft and Haunted Mansion

  2. Alissa says:

    this is my favorite Halloween movie and the only one I watch annually. I won’t watch it at all if the original sisters aren’t part of it, and I’ll be pretty hesitant even if they are. it’s such a perfect movie, it doesn’t need a sequel or reboot.

  3. Jess says:

    This movie is a classic but for the ever loving fuck can we please stop with sequels and live actions?! Im so over it lol

  4. greenmonster says:

    I LOVE Hocus Pocus. Just bought the Limited Edition eyeshadow palette and a lipstick from Colourpop yesterday and now this… yes.

  5. Seraphina says:

    I watched this movie last night. Love fall and Halloween. I am not SJP fan, but she was unrecognizable in this movie. The three have great chemistry – almost magical one could say. 😉

  6. Mei says:

    LOVE Hocus Pocus. I’m definitely due a rewatch. Would be up for a sequel to this rather than a remake, I much prefer when there are fresh ideas or at least a different take. Wonder where they’ll go with it? I’d love to see the Sanderson Sisters try to figure out new technology. They’ll think wifi is pure magic hahaha

    That said about remakes/sequels, I did love Mulan, but that’s also partly because of the East Asian representation for me, plus always here for anything with Donnie Yen cos he’s next level.

  7. Becks1 says:

    Amuck! a muck a muck a muck!

    I love this movie (we just watched it this past weekend). I don’t know about a sequel, but hell, I’d watch it.

    Other favorite Halloween movies are Addams Family, Nightmare Before Christmas, Haunted Mansion.

    My husband loves scary movies and I hate them, but he has made me watch Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Halloween and all of them are……well, after seeing Scream I cant take them seriously, lol. WHY do they always make the worst choices?!?!!?!?

    • Case says:

      @Becks1 it’s funny, Nightmare Before Christmas is my November movie because I find it to be both a Halloween and Christmas movie!

  8. Harla says:

    The possibility of a Hocus Pocus reboot with the original Sanderson Sisters has given me the will to live through the rest of 2020.

  9. Case says:

    I am also a huge autumn/Halloween person. My absolute favorite time of year. For movies, I always do a mix of old favorites and a bunch I haven’t seen yet. I LOVE Turner Classic Movies’ old spooky movie marathons (horror movies between the 30s and 60s are so fun and usually spooky without being too scary – House of Wax with Vincent Price is SO GOOD).

    My only yearly staple is Corpse Bride, I also love movies like Only Lovers Left Alive, Interview with the Vampire, and The Crow this time of year.

    I must admit with all this said I’ve never been able to make it more than 20 minutes into Hocus Pocus though, lol.

  10. scollins says:

    Have you seen Bette in Coastal Elites? So good I watched her opening twice in the same sitting. Think it’s on Prime.

  11. BeeCee says:

    Hocus Pocus is one of my all time favourite movies, I would be completely devastated if the sequel didn’t have the Sanderson sisters in it!

  12. truth fairy says:

    I haven’t watched the movie because I’m too put off by the grotesque makeup to characterize witches (basically older/not conventionally pretty/independent women who fall outside approval from the male gaze).

    Could it be remade successfully without such crude treatment, or is that essential to the story?

    • Amy Too says:

      They weren’t super ugly though? They were old at the beginning of the movie because they were elderly. Then they get their youth back by sucking the lives out of children and they become young and beautiful again and they stay young and beautiful for most of the movie. Men flirt with them and find them attractive. They didn’t have any stupid added on warts or long noses or chin prosthetics or anything. There’s one scene where they’re covered in dust and look all disheveled but that’s because they got stuck in a kiln. And Bette Midler just looks like Bette Midler doing funny comedic faces, which is sometimes not super cute.

  13. StrawberryBlonde says:

    I love Hocus Pocus! I was 11 when it came out and that Halloween i went as Winifred (bc of my red hair) and my blonde friend went as Sarah.

    I love watching scary movies and shows in October.

  14. Lissdogmom02 says:

    I love this movie & season. I live in Oregon again, where I was born & appreciate our seasons even more now. I also like Halloweentown as some of it is as filmed close(15ish miles) from where I grew up.

  15. SJ Knows says:

    Love Bette Midler.

    Hard pass on HP or a sequel.
    New ideas, please.
    If Bette wanted to do a live show/concert, I’d pay to see that.

  16. Seeker542 says:

    Sarah Jessica Parker can stop boohooing about not getting a sequel NOW… I can barely stand to watch this movie anymore with her in it. I’d love to see Bette Midler & Kathy Najimy reprise their roles, though