The sequel to Hocus Pocus, the 1993 cult classic starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, has just been announced! The sequel is titled Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch and will be released next year to mark the 25th anniversary of the original movie’s release. The Child Who Escaped Hocus Pocus: Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson

Genre – Horror-Comedy

In 1993, Hocus Pocus was a box office hit. It got mixed reviews from critics but because of its child friendly horror comedy genre, it became a favorite of children and adults alike. However, many wanted to know what happened to certain characters after the events in Hocus Pocus ended…and that’s where we go back to right now! We see young Sarah Sanderson who was seen briefly in a flashback in Hocus Pocus (as played by Juju Brene) try her best to escape her fate with her sisters played by Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy.

Story – A Natural Sequel

When young Sarah was left to die in a fire by her husband, she escaped and wandered into another land. She had a little girl named Juju Brene who, at one year old when they arrived there, was still too young to remember what happened during their time on Earth. Juju and her mother lived in comfort until tragedy struck once again, but you’ll have to read on to find out how! The sequel is currently being written. [PENDING EDITORIAL APPROVAL]

The Child Who Escaped Hocus Pocus: Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson
The Child Who Escaped Hocus Pocus: Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson

Cast

In 2014, Juju Brene went to audition for a Hocus Pocus sequel. She knew that she would be playing a young version of her character, but she didn’t know if it was going to be a remake or sequel. When asked about how she felt about doing another movie after all these years, she said: It’s been so long I kind of forgot what it’s like to act. I’ll probably have to try and get back into it and remember what my character is all about, she explained before adding with a laugh, She was like 6-years-old [in 1993], so I guess she’d be 16 now.

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Juju Brene as young Sarah Sanderson

Juju Brene, (born June 21, 2003) is an American child actress who portrayed young Sarah Sanderson in Disney’s 1993 film Hocus Pocus, and its 1999 television special sequel Halloween Bash. She also appeared on CBS’ All My Children in 2004. From 2005-2006 she was a recurring character on CBS’s Cold Case. More recently, Juju played the role of Jenny in ABC Family’s 2010 film All About Us.

Plot Summary

In her late teens, in order to save her sister’s soul from eternal damnation in purgatory, she must undo a spell that she was tricked into casting years earlier. To do so, however, she must travel back to Salem with a young witch-in-training who is intent on making sure that he succeeds. Together they will try to reach out to her sisters and stop him before he completes his plan. But once they return there is another surprise waiting for them. This time they’re not alone…as something has also followed them back! It wants revenge on them for what happened all those years ago.

The Child Who Escaped Hocus Pocus: Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson
The Child Who Escaped Hocus Pocus: Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson

Production and Release

The long-awaited sequel to 1993’s Hocus Pocus is set to begin production in 2017. It is unknown if original stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker will reprise their roles, but there have been rumors that comedian Amy Schumer has signed on for a role. Rumors are circulating about release dates for 2018, but none have been confirmed by any studio. It is expected that a trailer for Hocus Pocus 2 will premiere at San Diego Comic Con 2017.

Critical Reception

Hocus Pocus (1993) is a film which was not well received by critics, but has gained a cult following among fans. Since then, there have been many rumors of a sequel to Hocus Pocus, and even more rumors of a remake. However, none of these films has yet come to fruition. Most recently, Justin Bieber was slated to star in a remake but quickly denied that such a project had been approved or even discussed by himself or others involved with Disney. Before Justin Bieber’s denial that he would be starring in an upcoming remake/sequel (which would inevitably include young children), there were only two confirmed cases of children playing young Sarah Sanderson: Mary-Kate Olsen and Allison Mack

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Awards

Every week I see a movie review and look at how it does in sales compared to its budget. The amount of money each film is able to earn from ticket sales, concessions, toys, DVDs, etc is vastly different from one another. For example (and for ease of understanding), let’s compare two films that were released in 2015 and have similar themes/genres: The Avengers Age of Ultron – $191 Million Budget / $447 Million Box Office Earnings Insurgent – $110 Million Budget / $289 Million Box Office Earnings In short: Not only was Age of Ultron able to reach more people across the world but they also made twice as much revenue than Insurgent.

The Child Who Escaped Hocus Pocus: Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson
The Child Who Escaped Hocus Pocus: Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson

Box Office Earnings vs Budget

The initial budget for Hocus Pocus was $25 million. But, after a week in theaters, it had made $40 million, putting it in first place at that time. By Christmas of 1993, Hocus Pocus had collected over $100 million at box offices worldwide. So, why was it such a success? It may have been because there hadn’t been an outright family-friendly Halloween movie since The Exorcist scared audiences some 40 years earlier.

What does Sarah say in Hocus Pocus?

On October 30, 2013, a quote from Hocus Pocus was added to Wikiquote. It is attributed to Sarah Jessica Parker. The quote is Do you believe in magic? (as spoken by Young Sarah in one of her first lines of dialogue in that film). [1] The quote was previously misattributed to Gillian Anderson in an entry on that site.

Is Sarah Sanderson a siren?

sirens were dangerous and beautiful women that would lure sailors to their deaths with song. It is generally believed that Homer’s Odyssey (around 800 BC) was when sirens were first used in literature. In The Odyssey, Odysseus was tied to his ship’s mast so he couldn’t hear them singing, but he asked his crew to fill their ears with beeswax so they would not hear or be tempted by them. Odysseus told his men if they happened to look at a siren, they must have passed her on by (or no-one look back) and no-one should untie him from the mast until they reached the island of Aeaea, home of Circe; it is there that he could resist their song.

The Child Who Escaped Hocus Pocus: Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson
The Child Who Escaped Hocus Pocus: Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson

Is Sarah singing in Hocus Pocus?

When it was first announced that Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy were returning to their iconic roles in a long-awaited Hocus Pocus sequel, fans around the world collectively squealed with excitement. But there is one thing we’ve all been wondering: will SJP sing in Hocus Pocus 2? On Wednesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live, host Andy Cohen sat down with Sex and The City star Cynthia Nixon (who plays a young Allison Williams in Hocus Pocus 2) to ask if she had any juicy behind-the-scenes tidbits from set.

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Who is the youngest Sanderson sister?

The youngest sister is usually identified in stories, TV shows, and films as being played by 18-year-old Thora Birch (Hocus Pocus) or 15-year-old Emily Alyn Lind (the upcoming sequel). However, if you look at a picture of 16 year old Julia Benjamin from 1976, you could make an argument that she was actually younger than Bette Midler. Plus, when it comes to witches who transform into children — think The Witches of Eastwick — most people agree that youngest sister Allison has got to be 18 years old. So how can we definitively answer these questions? One way to do it would be to crack open a copy of Hocus Pocus and The All New Sequel, which lists character ages on page 58.

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