Almost three decades have passed since Hocus Pocus saw the town of Salem, Massachusetts revisited by the infamous Sanderson Sisters. Through a mixture of evil and shenanigans, the trio ran amok in the then modern world of 1993, only to be vanquished by the forces of good. Then again, evil never dies when there’s a good excuse to return, and Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker have indeed returned. Better still, we now have our first look at Hocus Pocus 2 has the Sanderson Sisters back together again, and it looks like no time has passed at all.
Filming is currently underway on Disney+’s long awaited legacy-quel Hocus Pocus 2, and already it looks like there’s some magic afoot. The streaming service has put out its first look at director Anne Fletcher’s in progress, as part of today’s Disney+ Day celebrations. Bette Midler also shared the photo, courtesy of her Twitter post below, which shows that these broads are ready to go out trick or treating for the souls of children yet again:
Sistaaaaahs! ‘Tis time!#HocusPocus2 is now in production, coming Fall 2022 to @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/z5nQmtMVIoNovember 12, 2021
Obviously it’s a bit too early to hope for a trailer or sizzle reel for a movie that’s just getting underway. That being said, having a first look photo this early on in the process is a good sign that Disney+ understands how anticipated Hocus Pocus 2 actually is. With subscribers old and new looking forward to seeing the Sanderson Sisters terrorize a new cast of Salem’s citizens, today’s big celebration was the perfect occasion to drop such a photo.
Those of you hoping to catch a glimpse of newcomers like Veep’s Sam Richardson, or maybe a hint of the fiery stunts that are set to take place in Hocus Pocus 2, will unfortunately have to wait. The same wisdom goes for anyone hoping to have the plot details floating around the internet to be confirmed, as we haven’t really got that information either. Seriously though, seeing the Sanderson Sisters back together again feels right.
We’re in that sweet spot where we’re still reminiscing about Halloween, but might not be ready to dive into the holiday frenzy of streaming originals like 8-Bit Christmas just yet. While Hocus Pocus 2 is just getting underway, the road to its frightfully funny debut seems to have gotten off to a great start. ‘Tis time to start getting hyped, dear readers, as there’s plenty of time to discover the next chapter of secrets in this seasonal favorite of families far and wide.
Hocus Pocus 2 is currently in production, for a Disney+ debut at some point in the Fall 2022 release window. If you can’t wait that long to see the Black Flame Candle lit again, you can always revisit Hocus Pocus on Disney+ in the meantime! Or, if you’re ready to head out to the movies again, check out the 2021 release schedule and see what debuts are still waiting around the corner.
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