The release dates for the long-awaited sequels to Enchanted and Hocus Pocus have been revealed.
Both movies are skipping theaters and slated to debut on Disney Plus later in 2022, with release dates for their arcs now.
Enchanted was released in 2007 and starred Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Idina Menzel. It followed Adams’ Giselle, a young woman from the bustling fairytale kingdom of Andalasia, who is set to marry but finds herself sent back to New York by an evil queen, where, understandably, she struggles to fit in.
Despite a healthy box office of $340 million, a sequel took a long time to materialize, with development beginning as early as 2010. However, the sequel, titled Disenchanted, is in the box and destined for Disney. November 2022, which is also Thanksgiving in the United States.
Adams, Demspey, Marsden and Menzel return, with Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays and Oscar Nunez joining the cast. Adam Shankman, director of Rock Of Ages and Hairspray, is in charge.
The sequel is set 10 years after the original and will see Adams’ Giselle forced to return to Andalusia after a spell backfires and she comes in the crosshairs of another evil queen.
You can catch a first look at Rudolph and Adams in action below:
The sequel to Hocus Pocus has been in the works since 2014, but there’s been talk of a follow-up to the 1993 comedy-horror ever since the original film began.
This film starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najim as a trio of witches who are inadvertently resurrected by a teenager on Halloween night and continue to wreak havoc.
A box office failure upon release, the film became cult in the years that followed and a sequel was released. Parker, Middler and Najimy are all back to reprise their roles, with VEEP pair Sam Richardson and Tony Hale in supporting roles. Anne Fletcher, director of The Proposal and 27 Dresses, is in charge of the sequel.
The sequel is set 29 years after the original and will follow three high school students who are forced to work together to stop the Sanderson sisters who have returned to present-day Salem. It will be released on Disney Plus on September 30.
Hocus Pocus 2 and Disenchanted are among a jam-packed slate of original movies for Disney Plus in fall and winter 2022. A new version of Peter Pan, Peter Pan and Wendy with Jude Law among the actors is due in the winter months, as is Robert Zemeckis’ live-action account of Pinocchio.
And, for something a little different, there’s also the classic comedy reboot Three Men And A Baby, which Zac Efron is set to direct. Busy times indeed…