Hocus Pocus 3
Fans of the 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus were thrilled when it was announced the Sanderson sisters would be back for a sequel. And after a wait of nearly 30 years, Hocus Pocus 2 finally landed on Disney+ (not on a broomstick) on September 30th.
If you are a fan of both Hocus Pocus movies, you might be interested in a 3rd instalment. But will there be a Hocus Pocus 3? Or is this one sequel that has been banished from the schedules?
Here’s what we know at the time of writing:
What is Hocus Pocus 2 about?
In 2022, 29 years after the Black Flame Candle resurrected the Sanderson sisters, the three witches are resurrected again when teenagers Becky and Izzy get hold of the candle at a magic shop. After the girls light the devilish candle, they inadvertently cause the sisters to return to Salem. The scene is then set for witches Winifred, Sarah, and Mary to cause their usual brand of havoc while simultaneously trying to get to grips with the modern world.
It’s up to Becca and Izzy to stop the malingering old crones. But do they succeed in their mission? Well, we will reveal no spoilers here in case somebody puts a spell on us. But if you want to know more, check out the movie which is available to anybody with a Disney+ subscription.
Will there be a Hocus Pocus 3?
Hocus Pocus 3 has not yet been confirmed but as the movie has struck a chord with audiences, despite the negative reviews from some critics, there is a chance that the Sanderson sisters will be resurrected again in the future. Whitney Peak, who starred as Becky in the sequel, suggested the possibility of a follow-movie in an interview with EW. When talking about the sequel, she said:
“It’s an open-ended movie. So much could happen next. Both extremes, too. If there is a next movie, we could be our coven, much older, but the Sanderson Sisters could come back, and we’d have to kick their asses again…They can always come back. It would be hard to create a third movie without the Sanderson Sisters, because it’s their movie. They are Hocus Pocus. It’s hard to imagine what a movie would be like without them.”
Admittedly, this isn’t confirmation that a third movie will happen but as Peak says, Hocus Pocus 2 is open-ended so you shouldn’t give up hope if you are hoping to see the Sanderson sisters again. And as it was reported that the movie was Disney+’s most-viewed film premiere in the US, the chances of another sequel do seem likely.
When could Hocus Pocus 3 be released?
As Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy aren’t getting any younger (unless they really do have magic powers), another 30-year wait would be unlikely. We imagine a released date of September/October 2023 or 2024 could be a possibility if Disney decided to resurrect the witches one last time.
Who could be in Hocus Pocus 3?
The young actresses who played Becky and Izzy (Whitney Peak and Belissa Escobedo) could return if the movie is set in the not-too-distant future but their return would be dependent on the return of the movie’s biggest stars – Midler, Parker, and Najimy. The three actresses talked about the possibility in an interview with EW, but of the three, Kathy Najimy did seem a little doubtful that the movie would even happen.
“I feel like we’re done. We’ve pulled every story you could pull out of this. I guess, never say never, but I feel grateful that we got to do it again. I don’t know that there are plans for a third one, but I know fans are dedicated to this film. I’m just happy we can bring this to them.”
Midler was a little more optimistic. She said:
“I’d love to have a franchise — especially a character I love playing. If there was a third one, of course I’d sign on, but I don’t know how. I can’t imagine what the story would be, but I love Winifred, Sarah, Mary, and our relationship.”
Parker seemed hopeful too. The actress said:
“Of course I’d be happy to have a conversation, it just depends on what Kathy and Bette want!”
As for the other cast members, it’s likely that Tony Hale would return as the town mayor if the movie is set in the not-too-distant future, but it is unlikely that Doug Jones would return as Billy Butcher as the character seemingly returned to the afterlife at the conclusion of the second Hocus Pocus movie.
What could Hocus Pocus 3 be about?
The movie would see the return of the Sanderson sisters – it would be rather pointless if it didn’t – and quite possibly, the return of Becky and Izzy too. The witches would likely be resurrected by the lighting of the second Black Flame candle that was revealed in the post-credits scene of Hocus Pocus 2 but as for what would happen next, it’s hard to say for sure.
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