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'Hocus Pocus 3' is in the works at Disney

After a cult classic and record-breaking sequel, a third film was inevitable 


The witches are back! Again. Thirty years after the release of the original "Hocus Pocus" and only a year after the sequel, Disney is reportedly working on a third film in what has now become a franchise. "Hocus Pocus 3" will again star the original cast of Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as the feared Salem witches. 

Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios motion picture production, confirmed in a New York Times interview that it is one of about 50 other movies currently in the making. He didn’t go into detail about its filming schedule or progress.

The plot thickens

Details on the third film are hard to come by, but it’s no surprise that Disney is investing more capital in fleshing out the characters and storyline. The sequel was a bit of a gamble for the studio, as the original film from 1993 wasn’t an immediate success. However, over the years, it slowly became a cult classic and especially a favorite around Halloween. And when "Hocus Pocus 2" debuted on the Disney+ streaming service last year, it clocked an astonishing 2.7 billion minutes of viewing.

As for the release date, plot or supporting cast, there are no details on that yet. Even Midler said in an interview last year with EW that “If there was a third one, of course, I’d sign on, but I don’t know how. I can’t imagine what the story would be.”

The first film’s plot revolved around the witches returning to a small town after 300 years and terrorizing the residents. It’s up to a young boy to send the three witches back to where they come from. The sequel continues the fight against evil, as the witches are accidentally brought back again during Halloween, and it’s up to the daughter of the original film’s protagonist to save the day. 

Best Hocus Pocus merchandise to celebrate the new film

Funko Disney Pop "Hocus Pocus" Collectors Set

Display your enjoyment of the "Hocus Pocus" franchise with these adorable Funko Pop figurines. Made from robust vinyl and standing 3.7 inches tall, this collector’s set includes highly detailed models of Sarah with a spider, Winifred with magic and Mary with cheese puffs. 

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Mad Beauty Disney "Hocus Pocus" Elixir Bubble Bath

Relax in a warm bath with this officially licensed “bubble bubble without the trouble.” With gentle scents of velvet plum and vanilla, your body will feel rejuvenated and refreshed. The detail on the 3-ounce bottle is exquisite and a must-have for any "Hocus Pocus" fan. 

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50-Piece "Hocus Pocus" Sticker Set

These waterproof stickers are the perfect gift for anybody who wants to decorate their laptop, skateboard, guitar or any surface that can do with some "Hocus Pocus" love. The 50 stickers range in size between 2.4 and 3.3 inches, and you're guaranteed not to get any duplicates. If you peel them off carefully, they are reusable. 

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"Hocus Pocus" Sanderson House Amigo Mini Backpack

The perfect accessory for a night of causing mischief, this backpack is large enough to store all your witch-banishing supplies. It features a line drawing of the Sanderson Witch Museum on the back pocket, which also houses a removable black cat on a gold chain. It is 11 inches tall and has a main compartment with two separate pockets.

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"Hocus Pocus" Shirts for Women

If you love the films, then this shirt is perfect. Featuring the words “It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus” from the film and the silhouettes of the witches' heads, this raglan-style shirt is made of cotton. Naturally, it comes in 13 color schemes. 

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Disney "Hocus Pocus" Binx Plush

Snuggle up with this 15 inches of pure love from the "Hocus Pocus" franchise. It features a cute witch's hat and a coffin-shaped name tag. 

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"Hocus Pocus" Party Supplies

If you're going to have a viewing party when the new film is released or rewatching the old one to catch up, you’ll definitely need this "Hocus Pocus" party pack. It consists of 98 pieces that include keychains, bracelets, stickers and shoe charms.  

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