New Look at Hocus Pocus 2 Revealed in D23 Magazine

The Sanderson sisters will be riding their broomsticks onto Disney+ next month in Hocus Pocus 2, and Disney has released a new look at the upcoming legacy sequel. Three decades from the original movie’s release, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy are back as Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson as the witches are about to be reborn again to cause more Halloween mayhem as they attempt to bring darkness to the world. The latest issue of Disney twenty-three magazine features some exclusive artwork giving a new look at the returning threesome, as well as interviews with the cast and crew from the upcoming movie.

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Directed by Anne Fletcher, Hocus Pocus 2 brings the Sanderson Sisters back to life once again, and zombie Billy Butcherson (Doug Jones) is also along for the ride. This time around, though, a new generation of youngsters will both unleash and attempt to defeat the Sandersons and their wicked plot. The three main kids this time around are Becca (Whitney Peak), Cassie (Lilia Buckingham), and Izzy (Belissa Escobedo). Other stars appearing in supporting roles are Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Taylor Henderson, Nina Kitchen, and Hannah Waddingham.

Disney’s synopsis for Hocus Pocus 2 reads: “It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters who were executed for practicing witchcraft, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to figure out how to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before midnight on All Hallow’s Eve.”

Hocus Pocus 2 is Tapping Into a Wave of Nostalgic Releases

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The last few years have seen several older franchises from the 80s and 90s being rebooted, receiving belated sequels, or being remade in one form or another. These movies and TV shows have been met with varying levels of success, which mostly seems to depend on exactly how the older property is dealt with.

Recently, Top Gun: Maverick has proven that it is possible to turn a very belated sequel into box office gold, and while the phenomenal performance of the Tom Cruise movie has surpassed any expectation and is something of an anomaly, it does give hope to several other upcoming projects, including a new TV series based on 80s fantasy Willow, and new movies in the Beverley Hills Cop and Lethal Weapon franchises also being developed.

The main issue for studios is making the decision of how these projects are released. While the aim for many is still to hit cinemas with a big theatrical run, there are now plenty of studios who are also producing streaming-only movies to keep up their subscriber numbers. Disney+ has produced several movies that were always heading into their library, such as the live-action Lady and the Tramp, which arrived shortly after the platform’s launch and Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers, and there are many more to come, including Muppets Mayhem, Pinocchio and Disenchanted as well as the Sept 30 release of Hocus Pocus 2.