‘Hocus Pocus’ Star Says It Would Be An “Honor” to Return For ‘Hocus Pocus 3’

Hocus Pocus, Max, Dani, Allison
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Thirty years ago, Disney introduced fans to the wickedly funny Sanderson sisters with the release of the movieĀ Hocus Pocus.Ā Hocus PocusĀ starred Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson, Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson, and Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson. The Sanderson sisters are brought back from the head when teenager (and virgin), Max Dennison, lights the Black Flame Candle. Max then teams up with his younger sister, Dani, his school crush, Allison, and Winifred’s ex-love interest, Billy Butcherson. Together, they must save the town of Salem as the sisters work to suck the lives out of its children.

Hocus Pocus Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy

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Even thoughĀ Hocus PocusĀ wasn’t a hit right off the bat, it has since become one of Disney’s most successful holiday movies ever. For years, fans begged Disney for a sequel film. Finally, on September 30, 2022,Ā Hocus Pocus 2 was released on Disney+. While not as widely beloved as the original film,Ā Hocus PocusĀ 2 was a hit and one of the most successful films ever released on the streaming platform. Midler, Najimy, and Parker all returned to their original Sanderson sister roles, and Doug Jones returned as Billy Butcherson. However, Katz, Thora Birch (Dani), and Vinessa Shaw (Allison) were nowhere to be found.

Hocus Pocus Omri Katz Thora Birch Vinessa Shaw

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According to Katz, he was not asked to return to the sequel. Reports indicated that Disney was attempting to bring back Thora Birch, but scheduling just never lined up. While Katz was disappointed that he was not asked back for the sequel, he is holding out hope for Hocus Pocus 3.Ā In an email toĀ Entertainment Weekly, Katz said that he would love to come back for the third film.

“I’m excited for the new film! Glad to see this franchise gain its popularity 30 years later. Yes, I would return if Disney approached me. It would be an honor to return, hopefully with some of my fellow castmates, and make a fun addition to the franchise!”

On June 4, Sean Bailey, the President of Walt Disney Motion Pictures, confirmed that Disney was working on Hocus Pocus 3. We don’t know many details at this time, but we can confirm that Anne Fletcher is returning for the third film. Fletcher directed the Disney+ sequel.

Hocus Pocus 2

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It is unlikely that Midler, Najimy, and Parker will return for a third film. Midler said that she would love to star in a franchise, but Najimy and Parker think that the Sanderson sister’s story has run its course.Ā Hocus Pocus 2Ā introduced three new female lead characters — Becca (Whitney Peak), Izzy (Belissa Escobedo), and Cassie (Lilia Buckingham). The next film in the series will most likely follow those three friends, one of whom discovered she is a witch.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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