It’s been over a decade since the Disney movie “Hocus Pocus” has been released, but it’s still arguably one of the most popular Halloween films. Every year around this time, the Internet starts buzzing about a possible sequel to the 1993 classic. However, it doesn’t appear Walt Disney has any plans to release a follow-up.
Sarah Jessica Parker, who played the witch Sarah, dished on doing “Hocus Pocus 2” during an appearance Thursday on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live.” When Cohen asked the 51-year-old actress her thoughts on a sequel, Parker confirmed that she would be totally onboard with it.
“I would love that,” she said. “I think we’ve all been fairly vocal about being very keen but that hasn’t created any groundswell of movement.”
Last November, Parker’s co-star Bette Midler addressed the sequel rumors telling fans in a Facebook Q&A that it wasn’t happening. “After all these years and all the fan demand, I do believe I can stand and firmly say an unequivocal no,” she said, according to Entertainment Weekly. Midler starred as Winifred and Kathy Najimy played Mary. Together, with Parker’s character, they made up the Sanderson sisters, three witches who were resurrected during modern-day Halloween.
Even though Midler doesn’t think a sequel is on its way, doesn’t mean that the singer/actress didn’t enjoy her time filming the original “Hocus Pocus.” In 2013, she told Katie Couric that it was one of her favorite movies. “Oh, I love it! I love it,” she said, according to Huffington Post. “We made it before the tidal wave of Halloween happened.”
She added: “Now it’s like huge. It’s huge. Kids, grown-ups, everyone takes part in it. This movie was kind of like the beginning of the wave. We had a great time making it.”
Hopefully, fans won’t be too sad that it’s been yet another Halloween with no signs of a “Hocus Pocus 2.” But there’s still a chance to catch the original movie in Freeform’s “13 Nights of Halloween.” The network will air the cult classic several times during its TV event, starting Oct. 19 and ending Oct. 31.