Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal”, “Dumplin'”) directs “Hocus Pocus 2” from a script by Jen D’Angelo (“Workaholics”). They’re just two of many newcomers to the franchise working behind the scenes on the sequel, with much of the original film’s crew having either retired, moved on to other projects, or, in the case of the late Peter E. Berger publisher. far in the last 30 years. Still, “Hocus Pocus” composer John Debney returned to score the sequel, with Doug Jones also reprising his role as the late Billy Butcherson.
Whitney Peak (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”), Lilia Buckingham (“Crown Lake”) and Belissa Escobedo (“American Horror Stories”) star in “Hocus Pocus 2” as Becca, Cassie and Izzy, a trio of high- school children who have until midnight on All Saints’ Eve to stop the newly resurrected Sanderson siblings from wreaking havoc on the people of Salem. As for how the Sanderson sisters return, well, that’s a good question. The original movie’s running joke about a virgin lighting the Black Flame candle hasn’t exactly aged well, so it’s possible the sequel offers another explanation for the return of the witches (don’t call it one).
As fate would have it, “Hocus Pocus 2” is one of two belated comedy sequels hitting Disney+ this fall. The other is “Disenchanted,” the sequel to 2007’s “Enchanted” that Shankman called the hits after a scheduling conflict forced him to step down as director on “Hocus Pocus 2.” Will either of these sequels cast a spell over viewers like their ancestors did? Here, we hope for the best… and we prepare for the worst, of course.
“Hocus Pocus 2” is flying on Disney+ this Halloween season.