Hocus Pocus 2 to be directed by Anne Fletcher and the Live-Action comedy will premiere on Disney+ Hotstar Premium in 2022
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy are set to reprise their roles as the delightfully wicked Sanderson Sisters in the live-action comedy Hocus Pocus 2. The spooky sequel to Disney’s 1993 Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus will premiere exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar Premium in 2022.
In the direct-to-digital release Hocus Pocus 2, three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world. Singer-actress Bette Midler (The First Wives Club, Beaches) will return as Winifred Sanderson, with Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) and Kathy Najimy (Sister Act) back as her sisters, Sarah and Mary, respectively in the OTT release.
The film will go on the floor by the end of the year and will be directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses) who is taking over the directing responsibilities from Adam Shankman (Hairspray, The Wedding Planner), with Lynn Harris (The Shallows) as producer. Shankman is currently in production on Disenchanted for the studio, which he is directing, but will remain on this project as an executive producer.
Director Anne Fletcher says, “People need to laugh, now more than ever. We should be laughing every day, and there is so much fun to be had with these three unbelievable women playing delicious characters from such a beloved film.” She adds, “I am so grateful to be able to play a part in bringing these witches back to life, and to be working with my friends at Disney again makes it all the more special. This is a movie for everyone, from the fans who grew up with the first film to the next generation of viewers, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Executive producer Adam Shankman shares, “As heartbroken as I am that I won’t be able to direct my friends Bette, Sarah Jessica and Kathy in what is sure to be nothing short of a major event for Disney+ due to scheduling conflicts, I couldn’t be more pleased to be handing over the reins to Anne, who has brought so much laughter and joy into people’s lives with her previous work. I am still grateful and proud to help shepherd this ingenious project as executive producer.”