[UPDATE: Fey is working on a witch movie for Disney, but it’s not Hocus Pocus 2.]
If it’s true that pop culture nostalgia runs in a 20-year cycle then the time is now ripe for a fresh celebration of Hocus Pocus, the 1993 supernatural comedy that starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters – three witches who are raised from the dead by an unwitting teenager, and who then hatch a plan to drain the life force of Salem’s children in exchange for eternal youth.
Hocus Pocus was a fun movie that was memorable for a lot of different reasons: Midler’s rendition of “I Put a Spell on You,” the immortal talking black cat called Thackery Binx, and a over-zealous preoccupation with virginity that was kind of weird for a Disney movie. It also starred a very young Thora Birch as Dani, the protagonist’s bratty little sister.
As early as summer 2012 Disney was batting down rumors that a sequel called Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch was in development, and in April 2014 the Tracking Board reported that Allison Shearmur Productions had signed to produce the movie. Now the Tracking Board reports that Tina Fey (30 Rock) and her company Little Stranger will co-produce the movie. While it’s unclear whether she also plans to star in the movie, there are reportedly a couple of lead female roles that could fit Fey (or regular partner in crime, Amy Poehler) to a tee.
[UPDATE: Variety has been informed by one of Fey’s representatives that the Tracking Board story “is not accurate” and that the 30 Rock alum “is not developing a sequel to ‘Hocus Pocus’.” Deadline, meanwhile, has learned that Fey is working on an “Untitled Witch Project” for Disney, said to be in the vein of Ghostbusters – but, again, it’s not a Hocus Pocus sequel. The remainder of the original story can be read below.]
According to the Tracking Board report, Hocus Pocus 2 will pick up years after the original and focus on a housewife who is distantly related to the Sanderson sisters. After her children get on the bad side of some resurrected witches while trick-or-treating, she must team up with a witch hunter in order to save her kids and put the witches permanently to rest.
Right now there are no actors attached to star in Hocus Pocus 2 and there’s also no release date set or shooting schedule that we know of – in fact, it’s still unclear whether or not a script already exists, or whether the producers are still seeking a screenwriter. It would be pretty great if Fey herself, who penned the screenplay for the endlessly quotable teen movie Mean Girls, decided to script Hocus Pocus 2 as well.
For now, however, it’s probably not wise to get too excited about Hocus Pocus 2 just yet. The movie is still in the early stages of development, and Fey is currently busy filming Jason Moore’s comedy The Nest. The witching hour will have to wait.
We’ll keep you updated on Hocus Pocus 2 as development continues.
Source: Tracking Board