Bette Midler recently gave fans an update on the highly-anticipated Disney+ follow-up to “Hocus Pocus. A second film for the 1993 Halloween classic is currently being discussed at the streaming giant.
Midler, 74, told Entertainment Tonight Wednesday that she was “absolutely” up for reprising her role as Winifred Sanderson. “I can’t wait to fly!”
Speaking of flying, rumors began flying last year surrounding the potential of a sequel. News began to circulate that Disney is developing a sequel to the cult classic, last year. Midler starred in Hocus Pocus with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. In it, a trio of witches set out to suck the life out of a town of children to undo the curse that sent them away 300 years earlier after being resurrected on Halloween.
It hasn’t been announced if the movie will be a direct sequel or a reboot of “Hocus Pocus.”
Midler has said the cast is very open to re-mounting their brooms. “We wanna fly again,” she added to People last year. “I hope Disney+ is a big success. And I hope we get to do it, because [Winifred] is, of course, one of my favorite characters … I can’t wait to read the script. We’re gonna see what happens.”
“Oh, I hope they get to me before I’m a corpse,” she joked.
Though the studio hasn’t confirmed if the cast will return, Midler told Entertainment Tonight that the cast was currently speaking with Disney+ about “logistics.”
Sanderson sisters to reunite for gala
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will reunite as the Sanderson sisters very soon, however. The “Hocus Pocus” trio will appear in character for Midler’s annual Hulaween fundraising gala later this month, People says. The event will be virtual this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Virtual tickets for the event cost $10. Proceeds go to NYRP for the “dedication to creating more green space for underserved communities to grow their own food, connect, and access safe spaces directly in their neighborhood.”