Disney announce Hocus Pocus 3 is in development
The Sanderson sisters are coming back once again.
Disney has confirmed there will be a third Hocus Pocus movie.
Just months after Hocus Pocus 2 debuted on the Disney Plus streaming service, Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, confirmed another movie was planned.
Although he did not reveal any specifics, Bailey confirmed there would be a third instalment of the Halloween franchise in an interview with The New York Times, saying: "Yes, Hocus Pocus 3 is happening."
There is no confirmation that Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will return as the Sanderson Sisters quite yet, though reports suggest it is likely.
Hocus Pocus 2 set a new record with 2.7 billion viewing minutes in its first week on Disney Plus.
The movie was released in September last year, almost 30 years after the original premiered in cinemas.
The original, released in 1993, followed three witches known as the Sanderson Sisters – Winifred (Midler), Sarah (Parker) and Mary (Najimy), who are inadvertently resurrected on Halloween – 300 years after they were executed in Salem.
It earned $45 million at the box office and became a cult classic after its release on home video.
Freeform would air the film annually on Halloween, with 8.2 million viewers tuning in on the 25th-anniversary release in 2018, with an anniversary special filmed at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, MailOnline reported.
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By Steve Hopkins.