Disney+ announced on Thursday that Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will reprise their roles as the Sanderson Sisters in Hocus Pocus 2, to debut next year. The sequel to the Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus will debut exclusively on Disney+ in 2022, with production beginning this fall.
Midler will return as Winifred Sanderson, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy back as her sisters. The sequel will focus on three young women who accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking new havoc on the world.
Director Anne Fletcher said in a statement: “Now more than ever, people need to laugh. We should be laughing every day, and there is so much fun to be had with these three unbelievable women playing delicious characters from such a beloved film.” Fletcher is taking over directing responsibilities for Hocus Pocus 2 from director Adam Shankman, who said in a statement: “As heartbroken as I am that I won’t be able to direct my friends Bette, Sarah Jessica and Kathy in what is sure to be nothing short of a major event for Disney+ due to scheduling conflicts, I couldn’t be more pleased to be handing over the reigns to Anne who has brought so much laughter and joy into people’s lives with her previous work.”