When word came that Disney was working on a sequel to beloved witchy film “Hocus Pocus,” we were concerned. The original cast didn’t get confirmed for at least a year, there were questions about directors and scripts. All in all, it felt like a sudden grasp for any popular property easily revisited for Disney+. But as we know now, all three original Sanderson sisters are returning.
Also, everyone’s favorite long-limbed performer, Doug Jones! He brought the character of Billy Butcherson to life (er, reanimation?) in the original film, and has been a delight to watch on screen for decades. Name a tall creature in a film or tv series, chances are it’s Jones behind that makeup. Abe Sapien in “Hellboy?” That’s Doug. Fauno / Pale Man in “Pan’s Labyrinth?” Also Doug. The Silver Surfer, Captain Saru, The Ancient on “The Strain,” Amphibian Man from “The Shape of Water“- all Doug Jones.
Today on his personal social media accounts, Jones confirmed that filming has wrapped on “Hocus Pocus 2!”
“Hocus Pocus 2” will hit Disney+ appropriately on October 31st, 2022.