Much to the overwhelming glee of ’90s children everywhere, Bette Midler recently told Redditors during an AMA (Ask Me Anything) that she is absolutely open to the idea of a sequel to the beloved Halloween film, Hocus Pocus. And to add the icing on the cake, the other Sanderson sisters would be all for it as well. Get more details on the story after the jump.
Many children of the ’90s will remember Hocus Pocus as a cult classic and a beloved annual Halloween tradition – it can typically be seen airing on ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween marathons. One of the highest rated Reddit questions inquired Ms. Midler, who played Winifred Sanderson, about the possibility of a Hocus Pocus sequel. The actress/songtress/witch’s response was,
“You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney company. The ball’s in their court.”
This was coupled with a statement after her AMA on her initial post which read,
“Inundate the Disney company, because I have canvassed the girls and they are wiling to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a HOCUS POCUS 2, ask the Walt Disney company. You have been SO adorable. This has been most enlightening. SISTAHS!”
And if this news wasn’t exciting enough, fellow Sanderson sister Kathy Najimy, who played Mary, also weighed in, responding to a BuzzFeed article and agreeing that,
“A sequel is totally in The Disney company’s hands — And it will be exciting to see what transpires!”
And finally, the blonde Sanderson sister and New York sex columnist/socialite also responded in kind, tweeting in response to a BuzzFeed columnist, simply,
However, this begs the question of what the Hocus Pocus sequel could even be about. For those that may recall, the story ended with the Sanderson sisters defeated, Thackery Binx being reunited with the sister he felt he failed to rescue, and Billy Butcherson being able to rest in peace after being resurrected by his ex-wife. Granted, there is a brief scene in which we see the Sanderson sisters’ treasured spell book awakens in the last scene of the movie, but what role with this play in relation to the now vanquished Sanderson sisters?
How would they be resurrected? It’s not completely clear what role the book could have in a future sequel. Regardless, if there is a sequel, let’s hope it retains the originality and charm of the first movie.