Thursday, May 30, 2024

Not a Hit the First Time Around, “Hocus Pocus” Will Finally Get a Sequel with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy


“Hocus Pocus” was not a hit when it was released 30 years ago. It was reviewed negatively and didn’t do well at the box office.

But nature does abhor a vacuum, and content is needed for all these streaming services. So there wil be a sequel finally after three decades to the cult hit. Disney Plus will be the venue.

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will reprise their roles. Anne Fletcher will direct. Someone– get Diane Warren, please — will write a song for Bette Midler to play over the credits for an Oscar nomination.

Sounds like fun and why not?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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