Rumors spread at the beginning of July surrounding a Tina Fey-helmed Hocus Pocus sequel in the works at Disney, but unfortunately, you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet.
The next day, Deadline squashed the rumors by announcing the Tina Fey project, while witch-themed, was not Hocus Pocus 2, which apparently isn’t even being looked at by Disney as a possibility.
As a fan of the original 1993 (yes, we are that old) Disney movie, I’m honestly torn between relief that a sequel isn’t happening and disappointment. If they can reboot Spiderman only 10 years later, surely there should be a Hocus Pocus sequel by now?
It would be hard to live up to the original, but someone, somewhere could do it, couldn’t they? And for a while there – a day or two, really – it looked like that someone would be Fey. Who is a pretty good choice, if you think about it.
Fey’s previous film work including genre-bending Mean Girls and Date Night, and Hocus Pocus 2, if it were to exist, should continue that trend. The original was a comedy-horror mixture – though the emphasis was often on the comedy – so it would make sense for a sequel to rely on the same blend of genres, making this a perfect next step for Fey.
Fey is famously about ladies doing it for themselves, including work on the aforementioned female-driven Mean Girls. While the main character in Hocus Pocus may have been a teenage boy, he was surrounded by female characters, including his little sister Dani and love interest Allison.
The movie also followed the Sanderson sisters around, not sticking with Max – the supposed main character – for long periods of time. A sequel to Hocus Pocus could follow this same model, making the movie more about its female characters than anything else, particularly with Fey producing.
A Starring Role
With 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, and even Mean Girls, Tina Fey has shown a tendency to work both behind and in front of the camera. In a Hocus Pocus sequel, she could continue to do both, taking on a role of one of the witches – there would have to be witches, of course, though maybe not the Sanderson sisters. The witches in Hocus Pocus were usually the funniest part of the movie, so Fey would fit right in.
Even 20 years after the original movie, people still want a Hocus Pocus sequel, which means it has to have been a hit, right? Plus, every October, you can catch it on TV practically every day. They wouldn’t show it if people weren’t watching.
Hocus Pocus, particularly for those who grew up in the ‘90s, is kind of a big deal, and with that popularity, Disney would stand to make a lot of money at the box office. Add in Fey’s popularity? There’d be no stopping it.
While it may be disappointing that there aren’t currently any plans for a Hocus Pocus sequel, Disney should probably take note of the swell of rumors about the movie and at least look into it. And if the company wants to think about a Hocus Pocus 2, they should also think about including Fey.
What do you think? Would you be interested in a Hocus Pocus sequel? Would it be better or worse with Tina Fey? Let us know in the comments below!