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Bette Midler Crushed All Hopes For A ’Hocus Pocus’ Sequel

Wed, November 18, 2015 9:49am EDT by Emily Longeretta 1 Comment
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Don’t shoot the messenger — but the news sounds official: another ‘Hocus Pocus’ is not happening. Bette Midler hosted a Facebook Q&A on Nov. 17, and flat out said ‘no!’

Wait a minute… didn’t Bette Midler just say that the sequel to Hocus Pocus was on hold while Disney searched for a virgin to light the candle? Well I guess they didn’t find one. She definitely just broke some hearts when she killed that rumor! Here’s what she said, and I’m warning you in advance!

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We have to assume that something went wry with Disney, as the entire cast and crew have always said they’d do it. We recently spoke with director Kenny Ortega who said he “wouldn’t mind” doing another one! “That’s a movie that we made over 20 years ago, and there’s an enormous fan base. Every October there’s this huge push for the studio to do it again. I have a feeling that maybe someday, someone might revisit it,” he told us. (Rewatch Hocus Pocus here!)

“I think it’d be great to revisit it with the same women,” he added. “The Sanderson Sisters deserve another opportunity to land in the middle of something and do it again. They’re too much fun. Kathy Nijimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler — that’s a winner right there.”

Well at least the cast is still close — the kids of the movie: Dani (Thora Birch), Max (Omri Katz) and Allison (Vinessa Shaw) all got together on Halloween this year, and posed for a photo which clearly made life that much better. It’s pretty clear they would do a sequel if asked since they were so excited to be together. But, it can’t be done without Bette.

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Are you bummed to hear there’s no sequel coming? Do you believe her? Let us know!

— Emily Longeretta