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Bubble, Bubble, 'Hocus Pocus 3' Is Officially on the Way with More Enchanted Trouble

After 2022's 'Hocus Pocus 2' proved such a hit, of course Disney is letting this witchy franchise run amok, amok, amok again.
By Sarah Ward
June 05, 2023
By Sarah Ward
June 05, 2023

Twist the bones and bend the back, the Hocus Pocus franchise is returning for another horror-comedy attack — again. In 2022, the Sanderson sisters made their long-awaited comeback in a 29-years-later sequel to 1993's beloved witch flick Hocus Pocus, and Disney isn't done casting that spell. No, no one needed any magic to pick that Hocus Pocus 2 would be a Disney+ hit. And no, no crystal balls were necessary to foresee that the Mouse House would keep the series going afterwards.

The Hocus Pocus 3 news comes courtesy of an interview by Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, with The New York Times. There are no other details as yet, however, including when it might arrive, if it'll head straight to streaming again or whether it'll enchant the big screen, what story it'll tell and who'll be in — but Disney is definitely saying "abracadabra" to another Hocus Pocus movie all the same.

Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson, Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson, and Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson in Disney's live-action HOCUS POCUS 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Matt Kennedy. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Lock up your children, obviously. Fingers crossed that the third feature in the franchise will include more Bette Midler (The Addams Family 2), Sarah Jessica Parker (And Just Like That...) and Kathy Najimy (Music) getting spooky as Winnie, Sarah and Mary Sanderson — and getting unleashed in modern-day Salem again.

In the last movie, the magical siblings made a reappearance thanks to 16-year-old Becca (Whitney Peak, Gossip Girl), her best friend Izzy (Belissa Escobedo, Sex Appeal) and magic shop owner Gilbert (Sam Richardson, The Afterparty), and the expected hijinks ensued. Obviously, a black flame candle was lit, resurrecting the 17th-century sisters in the movie's world. And just as unsurprisingly, the Sandersons attempted to recommence their child-eating ways.

Hocus Pocus 2 also featured Ted Lasso's Hannah Waddingham, plus Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Lilia Buckingham (Dirt), Froyan Gutierrez (Teen Wolf) and Tony Hale (Veep).

While the original film was directed by Kenny Ortega — before the filmmaker gave the world the High School Musical movies —  the sequel had Dumplin', Hot Pursuit and The Proposal's Anne Fletcher behind the lens.

There's obviously no sneak peek at Hocus Pocus 3 yet, but you can check out the trailers for Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus 2 below:

Hocus Pocus 3 doesn't yet have a release date — we'll update you when one is announced. Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus 2 are to stream via Disney+.

Images: Matt Kennedy. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published on June 05, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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