Collider reports that a sequel to the 1993 cult classic Hocus Pocus is in development at Disney+ with Workaholics writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo.
Kenny Ortega (High School Musical film series; Descendants film series) directed the original Hocus Pocus. The film starred Bette Midler as Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson, Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson and Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson. The trio were witches resurrected by a teenage boy named Max Dennison (Omri Katz) in Salem, Massachusetts. Rounding up the cast included Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, Sean Murray, Jason Marsden and Doug Jones.
According to Collider’s sources, D’Angelo was tasked by Disney to find a way to bring back the original trio of witches played by Midler, Sanderson and Parker. All three actresses are not currently attached to the Hocus Pocus sequel, but sources claim that Disney hopes that they would return in some capacity. Whether or not they would be at the center of the sequel’s story or if they’d be supporting players for a new generation of witches remains to be seen.
Disney’s original Hocus Pocus hit theaters on July 16, 1993. The film wasn’t a box office success and grossed $39.5 million on a budget of $28 million, losing Disney around $16.5 million. Despite its underperformance at the box office, Hocus Pocus became a cult hit and enjoys continuous airings on both the Disney Channel and Freeform, particularly during the month of October in honor of Halloween.
Do you think a Hocus Pocus sequel would work out well today after all these years? Would you like to see the original trio of witches reprise their roles in some capacity? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news on the Hocus Pocus sequel and other upcoming projects from Disney+.
Hocus Pocus will be one of many films available to stream on Disney+, which launches on November 12.
New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team
DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".
"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.
These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.
You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".
Here is the official synopsis for season two:
In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.
The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.
Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.
Source: DC Universe