Hocus Pocus 2 gets late September release date… after filming for the sequel wrapped in January
Hocus Pocus 2, the sequel to the 1993 original film, has gotten a release date from Disney.
On Tuesday the studio announced the flick will be available on Disney Plus beginning September 30.
Bette Midler, 76, Kathy Najimy, 64, and Sarah Jessica Parker, 56, will reprise their roles in the new film.
Upcoming: Hocus Pocus 2, the sequel to the 1993 original film, has gotten a release date from Disney
Disney showcased exclusive footage from the latest Hocus Pocus iteration at its upfront presentation.
Entertainment Weekly reported that a sneak peek of the new film opened with two girls igniting the Black Flame Candle to rally the the evil Sanderson sisters.
The publication noted that Midler then declared, ‘Lock up your children! Yes, Salem, we’re back!’
The women then performed a cover of Sir Elton John’s song The B**ch Is Back. Doug Jones, Sam Richardson, and Tony Hale also appeared in the snippet.
Release date! On Tuesday the studio announced the new flick will be available on Disney Plus beginning September 30; still from the 1993 movie
At the end of January producer Adam Shankman revealed that filming on the sequel had wrapped.
‘SISTAAAAAHHHHSSS! Aaaaand that’s a WRAP!!! #hocuspocus2’ Shankman, 57, said in an Instagram post.
It was accompanied by a photo of a silhouette of the three witches on a shaggy surface.
The original motion picture was directed by Kenny Ortega, and hit theaters in July of 1993.
It cast the trio of stars as the Sanderson Sisters, three witches who had been executed in the 17th century in Salem, and are inadvertently awoken on Halloween of 1993 by a child named Max (played by Omri Katz), who reads the Black Flame Candle .
Back for more: Bette Midler, 76, Kathy Najimy, 64, and Sarah Jessica Parker, 56, will reprise their roles in the new film; seen in 1993
The storyline of the sequel sees the return of the witches to Salem, and the efforts of three teenage girls, played by Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, and Belissa Escobedo, to stop them.
Anne Fletcher directed and Jen D’Angelo wrote the forthcoming film, which also stars Hannah Waddingham, Juju Brenner, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Henderson and Nina Kitchen.
Last November, Midler took to Instagram with a shot of herself and her castmates from the upcoming movie, writing, ‘Sistaaaaahs! ‘Tis time!’
Fletcher said in a statement last fall that she was ‘beyond thrilled to be involved in the sequel to a film that is as beloved as Hocus Pocus.
‘Fans around the world have embraced these characters and have made this film a Halloween tradition whose popularity continues to grow, and how lucky am I to be back at Disney with these three extraordinarily talented ladies in the iconic roles they created, as well as our fabulous new additions to the cast?’
Announcement: At the end of January producer Adam Shankman revealed that filming on the sequel had wrapped