Confirmed: Hocus Pocus 3 Is Happening!

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Hocus Pocus 3 is happening! It took 30 years for fans of Hocus Pocus to get a sequel. Ever since Hocus Pocus 2‘s overwhelming success (it is the most-watched premiere ever on Disney+), there have been rumors and speculation about a third film. Comments from Hocus Pocus stars, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy have been mixed about the Sanderson Sisters’ future.  Nothing was confirmed, though. Until now.

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The New York Times confirmed today that part 3 of the nostalgic film franchise will happen. It was a blink-and-you-‘ll-miss-it kind of thing. The article’s focus was on Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “Yes, Hocus Pocus 3 is happening,” the article said.

With a single sentence, the article ignited Sanderson Sister fans everywhere. Rumors are circulating again, none with any evidence, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interesting. What will the new movie be about? Hocus Pocus 2 was a stark departure from the first movie. Witches weren’t the villain anymore. The Satanic Panic of our parents’ generation has given way to a more open-minded view in Hocus Pocus 2. Will the third follow suit?

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Many have speculated that Hocus Pocus 3 will omit the Sanderson Sisters entirely. Could Hocus Pocus find success without Winnifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson ? Becca, the sequel’s protagonist, could easily carry the story in a new direction. The sequel introduced a new villain, Gilbert, who could take over for the sisters as the new “big bad.” The film could continue the story of his quest for power and Becca’s efforts to stop him.

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There’s another interesting idea floating around, though: backstory. The original movie portrayed the Sanderson Sisters as pure evil deserving no sympathy. The sequel changed that. In the second film, we saw the humble and often tragic beginnings of the Sanderson Sisters. Their turn to witchcraft was a desire for agency in an otherwise powerless situation. Hocus Pocus 2 only briefly touched on this, though, and Sanderson Sister fans want more. Could the next installment take us back to 17th century Salem?

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No timeline has been given for Hocus Pocus 3, and, as we understand it, the film is still in early development. At the time of this writing, no casting information is available. As always, stay tuned right here, where we will bring you updates about the movie’s development and progress as soon as they happen.

About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.