Adam Shankman signs on to helm Hocus Pocus 2
After months of development and negotiations with original cast members, the highly-anticipated Hocus Pocus 2 is gaining major steam as What Men Want and Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman has signed on to helm the Disney+ follow-up, according to Variety.
Disney+ is currently developing the long-awaited sequel to the 1993 classic horror-comedy Hocus Pocus with the original trio of witches set to return.
Directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical), the original film was led by multi-award-winning actress Bette Midler (The Rose) and four-time Golden Globe winner Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) along with Kathy Najimy (Sister Act). The film followed the story of a teenage boy, who accidentally brings a trio of villainous Salem witches back to life on Halloween night. Although Hocus Pocus wasn’t a critical and commercial success by the time of its release, it still stood the test of time through countless annual airings and has now become a cult classic film.
Hocus Pocus 2. will be written by Jen D’Angelo (Workaholics), who was also tasked by Disney to create a way on how Midler, Parker, and Najimy could be able to reprise their roles as Winifred, Sarah and Mary in the planned sequel Further details on the film’s plot and new characters are still being kept under wraps.
Disney‘s upcoming streaming service will become the exclusive home in the U.S. for subscription-video-on-demand viewing of the newest live-action and animated series and movies from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel and Fox. Set to launch on November 12, the service will be ad-free, supported solely by subscription fees, and will be available on gaming consoles, smart TVs, and connected streaming devices.