Bette Midler on "Hocus Pocus" Sequel: "Ask the Walt Disney Company"

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In a recent Reddit AMA, award-winning actress and entertainer Bette Midler responded to questions about a sequel to the Disney Halloween comedy "Hocus Pocus," which has amassed a strong fan base since its premiere 20 years ago, telling fans to petition Disney for a second film.

Bette Midler stars in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, the final play of the season.
Bette Midler stars in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, the final play of the season. Photo by Jonathan Pushnik

Midler told fans that the fate of a "Hocus Pocus" sequel was in the hands of the Walt Disney Company, adding that her co-stars, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimi, were willing to return to the roles of the mischievous Sanderson sisters.

"You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney company. The ball's in their court," said Midler, who portrayed Winnifred Sanderson.

"Inundate the Disney company," she added, "because I have canvassed the girls and they are wiling [sic] 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!"

In a statement to the Huffington Post, Najimy weighed in: "I have read Bette's quote and I agree. The outpouring of love from Hocus-ites has been astounding. The creativity of their Sanderson sisters costumes, posters, artwork, T-shirts, statues, TV stills, photos, compliments and line quotes have blown up social media and I want them to know.. We see and appreciate it all. When a film is being shot, you never quite know the impact.. If it'll be a hit or a miss, and..with this one...we hear y'all loud and clear! A sequel is totally in The Disney company's hands-- And it will be exciting to see what transpires!"

Read the Playbill.com feature: Sing, Sisters! We Conjure a Hocus Pocus Musical Just in Time for Halloween

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