‘Hocus Pocus 2’: Disney Fans React to Sequel News

It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s the most wonderful time of the year for a very specific film: Hocus Pocus. The spooky-season classic starring Bette Midler as Winifred, Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah, and Kathy Najimy as Mary, has delighted Disney fans and Halloween lovers alike for decades. The Kenny Ortega-directed movie wasn’t a box office hit when it was first released. However, the nostalgia and campy fun of Hocus Pocus (not to mention its gratuitous Freeform reruns) made it a late-blooming sensation.

A few days ago, it was reported that a remake or sequel of the seminal film is officially in the works at Disney’s new streaming service. Collider was the first to share the exciting news. Jen D’Angelo, writer and co-producer for the Comedy Central’s series Workaholics, the Fox sitcom LA to Vegas, and the CBS sitcom Happy Together, is penning the sequel’s script.

Even though the kid-friendly Halloween movie has become a cult classic in recent years, not all fans are pleased to hear news of the sequel.

Will the cast of ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ be the same as the first?

A remake in the works in 2017 did not include the original cast, but things could’ve changed in the past few years. Especially now that we’re living in the era of Disney+.

Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus costume
Bette Midler dressed as Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus | Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images

Collider reported that as of right now, none of the original cast is attached to the current project. However, “the studio is hopeful that they’ll be involved with the sequel in some capacity.”

Mick Garris, who co-wrote Hocus Pocusspoke with Forbes about a possible sequel in 2017. He made the argument that if Disney doesn’t include the original actresses, it “would be a big mistake.” We don’t necessarily disagree.

“All three of them are still so incredibly potent and powerful and great performers and who else can recreate those characters?” Garris said.

Perhaps Hocus Pocus 2 will be focused around a new generation of witches, and not the original three. This has some fans of the OG HP a bit worried.

Do we need a sequel to the first movie?

Fans of the original Hocus Pocus had mixed reactions regarding the sequel. Some welcomed the news with celebratory (and on-brand) GIFs in the Twitter comments.

But not all were thrilled about the news of the sequel. One tweeter wrote, “please stop making unwanted sequels.” Others communicated everything when they commented simply, “no.” Some were more polite, with a “no thank you.”

Perhaps the film has become so beloved, that no potential sequel could ever live up to what the original Hocus Pocus means to us. One Tweeter supported this theory when she commented, “I don’t need a #2, what I need is the old one to be played on the tv [sic].”

Twitter has opinions about the ‘Hocus Pocus’ sequel witches

Some fans were open to the idea, they just had stipulations. Several tweets demanded that the same actresses who played the Sanderson sisters in the 1993 Hocus Pocus also play them in the sequel.

“Bring back the original cast, or we don’t want it,” one tweeted. One requested the same, otherwise “they can keep it.” Yet another promised, “I’ll be protesting” if Midler, Parker, and Najimy don’t star in the new version.

One promised to subscribe to the entire platform just for Hocus Pocus 2–as long as the sequel included the original film’s cast.

We’ll have to wait until the movie comes out, most likely next year, to see if we have to protest–and if tweeter @Sqwishyx will be subscribing to Disney+ or not. We’re on the edge of our seats.

Disney+ launches on November 12.