‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Officially Starts Filming

‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Officially Starts Filming

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy reunite for the sequence of the 1993 camp film – aiming for a Halloween 2022 release.

It’s the bewitching reunion that gays fans have been waiting for since the original Hocus Pocus was released in 1993. Disney+ has revealed that Hocus Pocus 2 with the original cast as The Sanderson Sisters has started filming the upcoming sequence, promising they will “joined by new faces which you soon will learn.”

The Providence Journal released shots of the Cranston Street Armory as a set locale (chosen for its high ceilings and open spaces) and Chase Farm Park, which has allegedly been recreated with a life-size village to be reimagined as Salem, Massachusetts in 1670. Videos have also surfaced showing The Sanderson Sisters as children, which could indicate that we may see some of the sisters’ own origin stories as well. 

 As if this movie needs to be any campier, there are rumors about three drag queens as possible addition to the new cast. Filming had not been going on that long when unconfirmed reports started to surface that filming was going to possibly include some drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race

The actresses themselves are still not giving us much on social media. On Instagram, Bette Midler shared a title card for Hocus Pocus 2 with the caption: “Sistaaaahs! It’s been 300 years… But we’re back! Hocus Pocus 2 arrives Fall 2022 on DisneyPlus.” 

Hocus Pocus 2: A Gay Movie?

Gay bloggers have been calling for Hocus Pocus 2 for years, dubbing the 1993 movie as “Best Gay Halloween Movie” and a “queer iconography.” There is also a full line of merchandise around “Hocus Pocus Made Me Gay.”

While Hocus Pocus isn’t particularly gay, with no LGBT characters, its queerness is present in nearly every element. The casting alone is impressive, with Midler, Najimy and Parker each enjoying a sizable gay fanbase.

“The actual story of Hocus Pocus deals with male sexuality in a fascinating way,” wrote gay journalist Kevin O’Keeffe in 2015. “In order for the Sanderson sisters to be revived, a virgin must light the flame of a candle. Instead of having one of the female characters light it, the movie has Max carry the flame. Depictions of male virginity in movies and TV is still exceedingly rare. Hocus Pocus is certainly one of the only aimed at a young audience that does so.”

Disney Studios promised more info soon on Instagram.