Sequel to Halloween classic 'Hocus Pocus' in the works for Disney+

Ben Arnold
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Hocus Pocus (Credit: Disney)

A sequel to spooky 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus is in the pipeline for Disney's new streaming service Disney+.

According to Collider, Jen D'Angelo, who produced sitcom Workaholics, will be working on the script.

The original movie, helmed by celebrated choreographer and filmmaker Kenny Ortega, followed a trio of witches who are captured and hanged by angry townsfolk in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween in 1693.

The sisters then inadvertently resurrected by a a teenage boy in the same town some 300 years later, with chaos ensuing.

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In the diabolical leads were Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker, with a young Thora Birch also starring.

As it transpired, the movie was a pretty disastrous flop for Disney.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Bette Midler dressed as Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus attends Bette Midler's Annual Hulaween Bash benefiting the New York Restoration Project at the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom on October 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images)

Costing $28 million to make, it lost in the region of $16 million for the studio and took a critical drubbing into the bargain.

The influential Gene Siskel called it 'dreadful' in the Chicago Tribune, while Entertainment Weekly said that 'adults will find only mildly insulting, unless they're Bette Midler fans. In which case it's depressing as hell'.

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Nonetheless, it latterly became something of a cult classic through annual airing on the Disney Channel and DVD sales.

Midler even sometimes dresses as her character Winifred Sanderson while on tour when performing her version of I Put A Spell On You from the movie.

A sequel has been in the offing for some time, with 30 Rock icon Tina Fey at one point attached to make it.

Midler, Parker and Najimy are said to be in negotiations to reprise their roles, according to reports.