After recent rumors that Disney may be considering a sequel to its popular Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, the star of the original film, Bette Midler, has finally given us a straight answer about whether or not it will happen, though unfortunately it's all bad news.
Midler, who played Winifred Sanderson in the film, held a Q&A session on Facebook this week and obviously the most popular question was from Sam Cooney who asked "is there gonna be a Hocus Pocus 2?" Despite the fact that it was a great question, Bette sadly couldn't give us the answer we wanted, replying:
After all these years and all the fan demand, I do believe I can stand and firmly say an unequivocal no.
Say it isn't so, sistah!
Rumors of a sequel started up a year ago when Midler held an AMA on Reddit and revealed that her Hocus Pocus costars were in for a possible sequel, and encouraged fans to ask Disney for a sequel, writing:
Inundate the Disney company, because I have canvassed the girls and they are wiling to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a HOCUS POCUS 2, ask the Walt Disney company. You have been SO adorable. This has been most enlightening. SISTAHS!
Then again just a few weeks ago in October, shortly before Halloween, Midler jokingly tweeted to followers that progress on a sequel had stalled due to Disney's issues finding a virgin!
Co-star Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson) even chimed in, joking that Hocus Pocus music arranger and producer Marc Shaiman might be up for the role:
And finally and most recently, over Halloween weekend our hopes were once again raised when three of the younger stars of the film reunited and shared an adorable snap on Instagram:
Yep that's right, Omri Katz (Max), Vinessa Shaw (Allison) and Thora Birch (Dani) all spent their Halloween together!
Unfortunately despite the cast of the original film teasing us with tweets and photos, Winnie Sanderson herself has spoken, and it looks like we'll just have to be content with rewatching Hocus Pocus for the 100th time next Halloween.