Disney+’s ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Adds Director
Looks like the Sanderson sisters are closer to coming back…again.
Adam Shankman has been tapped to direct the sequel to the 1993 hit, “Hocus Pocus” for the streaming platform Disney+.
While the original cast — including Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker — are not yet officially attached to the project, Disney hopes they are involved in some capacity, making the new project a sequel rather than a complete reboot.
Shankman will be directing a screenplay by “Workaholics” scribe and co-producer, Jen D’Angelo, while Lynn Harris produces.
While the original is a cult favorite, especially around Halloween time, one highlight is the sublime musical number Midler does to “I Put a Spell on You.” Shankman, having directed musical films like “Hairspray” and “Rock of Ages,” could probably lure Midler and co. back in with a musical number or performance.
Until then, though, we’d have to hope.
By Michael Jacobo