The DisInsider is reporting that “Hocus Pocus 2” will begin filming this fall…October 5th to be exact. The outlet cites a listing in Production Weekly as the source which states it will start production under the working title “Candles” and will film in multiple locations including Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Los Angeles. The article also says the project is titled Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch which has been a rumored title for years. The article points out that Production Weekly isn’t always the most accurate so this is not official news yet.
Singer/actress Bette Midler (“The First Wives Club,” “Beaches”) returns as Winifred Sanderson, with Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City”) and Kathy Najimy (“Sister Act”) back as her sisters, Sarah and Mary, respectively. In “Hocus Pocus 2,” three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world.
“Hocus Pocus 2” will begin production this fall under the direction of Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal,” “27 Dresses”), who is taking over directing responsibilities from her friend and colleague Adam Shankman (“Hairspray,” “The Wedding Planner”), with Lynn Harris (“The Shallows”) serving as producer. Shankman is currently in production on “Disenchanted” for the studio, which he is directing, but will remain on this project as an executive producer along with Ralph Winter (“Adrift”) and David Kirschner (“Curse of Chucky”). Steven Haft (“Tigerland”) is co-producer.
The film will premiere exclusively on Disney+ in Fall 2022.