Hocus Pocus 2 gave fans a little more witchy action in its end credits, with the Sanderson sisters performing a parody take on Elton John’s “The Bitch is Back” in a recording studio, but it almost became something much more elaborate. Costume designer Salvador Perez recently talked about working on the movie during The Art of Kindness with Robert Peterpaul podcast, and revealed that the scene almost involved the trio performing their song in Purgatory.
Hocus Pocus 2 released at the end of September and became an instant hit for Disney+, breaking the record for the most streamed minutes by any movie ever in a single week in the process. While the reviews of the movie have been mixed, it seems that the desire to make a fun and entertaining return for the witches would have ultimately included a much more elaborate credits video had the budget allowed. Perez explained:
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“Opposed to them singing in the music studio, it was going to be them performing onstage in Purgatory. I was supposed to do a gold version of them in gold costumes. We started that process and then they said ‘no we’re not gonna do it, we don’t have the time or the money.’ So I didn’t get to go very far with it, but that would have been to end the movie… My concept was these very Vegas versions of their costumes in gold and sparkle… I was really looking forward to that. The audience was gonna be all in red and it was all different historical costumes, but all in red. So 15th century, 16th century, 17th… all these dead people in red in the booths and then the ladies in gold onstage.”
Will There Be a Hocus Pocus 3?
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Although Hocus Pocus 2 pulled in some huge initial viewing numbers, it will take more than that initial interest to see Disney green light another installment in the franchise. However, if there are more adventures to come for the Sandersons, Bette Midler is more than willing to return as Winifred Sanderson one more time. She previously said:
“I don’t know. I’m envious of other actors who have franchises, and I was hoping for a sequel to First Wives Club, but we never got that. After 30 years with no sequel to Hocus Pocus, I’ve always been envious of people who get to do their favorite character more than once. The fact that we got to do this finally, after 30 years of promoting the idea, I’m glad we got to do it. 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. 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!”
Hocus Pocus 2 is currently streaming on Disney+.