The Sanderson Sisters are back, and we didn’t even need to light the Black Fame Candle to get them together.
The original stars of Hocus Pocus – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimi – have been confirmed to reunite in October, but sadly, not for the sequel.
The actresses are set to reunite for a virtual ‘Hulaween’ fundraiser, in aid of the New York Restoration Project.
While the fundraiser is usually rather exclusive, fans have the chance to secure a ticket to the virtual event on Friday October 30, described as the ‘hottest pandemic-safe Halloween event of the year’.
As well as Bette – who founded the organisation in 1995 to transform outdoor spaces in New York – Sarah and Kathy, ‘spectacularly spooky guests’ are promised, with attendees also able to purchase limited edition merchandise.
Access to In Search Of The Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover will set fans back $10 (£7.70) with tickets available on the NYRP website.
The stars have all participated in Hocus Pocus related events in the past, but this will be the first time the trio have appeared on the same billing together in years.
Bette, Sarah and Kathy played witches Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson in the 1993 Disney classic Hocus Pocus, which saw the sisters return to modern day Salem 300 years after being hanged, after a teenage boy accidentally summons them on Halloween.
Bizarrely, the Halloween film was not released in October, but in July, as Disney didn’t want to compete against The Nightmare Before Christmas, and it was a bit of a flop.
Vinessa Shaw, who played Allison, told Page Six: ‘It was actually a flop when it came out. [Bette Midler] had gotten an Oscar for her work and had all these prestigious things that she’d been doing and then she decides to do this movie which in the critics’ eyes, it was just appalling.
‘They were just thinking, “How could she do this?”‘
However, in recent years it has become a cult classic, with Midler even performing her character’s rendition of I Put A Spell On You at live shows.
And the 74-year-old is keen to reprise the role of Winifred, telling Entertainment Tonight last year: ‘‘Oh my goodness me. Oh, I hope they get to me before I’m a corpse.
‘We wanna fly again. I hope Disney+ is a big success and I hope we get to do it, because [Winifred] is of course one of my favourite characters.’
That is good news, as Disney reportedly wants her, Sarah and Kathy involved in the upcoming sequel in some way.
Hairspray director Adam Shankman has been confirmed to direct the project for Disney+, although as of yet, no details of the plot have been revealed.
Credit: Original article published here.