Get Witchy: A Third ‘Hocus Pocus’ Film in Development


| LAST UPDATE 06/05/2023

By Petra Grover
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We’re still months away from October, but it feels like the spooky season has already started. Disney has confirmed that a third Hocus Pocus film is in the works. Here are all the bewitching details that we have about the upcoming movie.

Last year, Hocus Pocus 2 saw the original stars, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, returning to their roles as the Sanderson sisters, Winifred, Mary, and Sarah. The second film centers around two teenage girls who accidentally resurrect the Sanderson sisters using the infamous Black Flame Candle. The witch trio wreaks havoc on modern-day Salem and plots their revenge against the local mayor, a descendant of the reverend who originally exiled them. The film was released on Disney+, and audiences loved seeing the Sanderson sisters back in action. The first film was released in 1993, and now 30 years later, we will officially be getting a threequel!

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In an interview with The New York Times, the President of Walt Disney Studios, Sean Bailey, confirmed that Hocus Pocus 3 is in development. However, no other details have been released so far. It makes total sense, seeing that the second film was a hit for the streaming service and set a record with 2.7 billion minutes of viewing, per Deadline. We can only hope that the three original Sanderson sisters will be back again for another wild ride of fun, scary action. Najimy told ET about being on set for the second installation, “I wanna say that there were challenges but the thing is the challenge was more like environmental. Like, our set was like dirt and rocks, but finding Mary again I didn’t even think about it. She’s just in there.” Similarly, Sarah Jessica Parker explained, “The easiest part was being on the set with Bette and Kathy every day singing and flying…” 

Bette Midler told EW last year, “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. It’s good for women. We stick together through hell and high water, but we do cause mayhem, and not many women cause that much mayhem!” Stay tuned for more details.

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