‘Hocus Pocus 2’ not bringing back original director Kenny Ortega


As Disney forges forward with its planned sequel to the typical Halloween hit “Hocus Pocus,” it appears to be that it’s executing so without the need of the director of the unique movie.

“Hocus Pocus” arrived out in 1993 as a loved ones-helpful movie about a young male who accidentally awakens 3 witches on Halloween night who should soak up the town’s youth in purchase to remain alive without end. While it wasn’t originally a business good results, the film has endured thanks to a focused following that has turned it into a staple of the holiday for pretty much two many years.

Last year, it was noted that Disney is doing work on a sequel that will provide back again some of the principal cast. Established to drop right on its Disney+ streaming platform, the sequel will be published by “Workaholics” author Jen D’Angelo. Having said that, speaking to DigitalSpy, first director Kenny Ortega admitted that he was not invited back again to helm the sequel.


Kathy Nahimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker in the 1993 Disney production Hocus Pocus

Kathy Nahimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker in the 1993 Disney generation Hocus Pocus
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“I hope that possibly I would be aspect of a sequel 1 working day,” Ortega said. “I do not know if which is heading to happen. It seems that there is a sequel in growth, and it appears to be like it is going to be created with a different director.”

The outlet experiences that “Hairspray” director Adam Shankman is presently in put to immediate the untitled “Hocus Pocus 2.”

“I wish anyone all the luck in the environment,” Ortega additional. “However, [if] they’re going to shift forward with it, I hope that it’s as exciting and as thriving for them as it has been for us.”

Kenny Ortega won't be back to direct the sequel to 'Hocus Pocus.'

Kenny Ortega will not be back to immediate the sequel to ‘Hocus Pocus.’
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Irrespective of not becoming a element of regardless of what continued existence “Hocus Pocus” has in the foreseeable future, Ortega remembers the generating of the very first film fondly.


“What we’ve identified more than the a long time was that ‘Hocus Pocus’ was a motion picture for absolutely everyone. It had a broad enchantment. I meet up with youngsters to this day who are unable to wait around for it to occur back on tv for the holiday seasons, for grownups who still go again to it over and about,” he advised the outlet. “That it uncovered its viewers is so thrilling for all of us that invested the time into the generating of ‘Hocus Pocus.’”

He also opened up about what it was like working with the a few girls that produced up the notorious Sanderson Sisters, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.

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“I liked doing work with them. It was an encounter like no other,” he explained. “Their intelligence and superior humor and bravery as actresses was so substantially enjoyment to be all-around. Every single working day, you under no circumstances knew what was going to happen. And it was so thrilling.”