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'Hairspray' Director Adam Shankman to Helm 'Hocus Pocus' Sequel

The movie is set for Disney's streaming service, Disney+.
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The movie is set for Disney's streaming service, Disney+.

Adam Shankman, the director of Hairspray and A Walk to Remember, is set to helm the sequel to the popular Halloween movie Hocus Pocus.

The pic, which is set for Disney+, is the follow-up to the 1993 feature that starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three witches who were resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts, and who are bent on becoming immortal. 

While no deals have been made, the studio is hoping that Midler, Parker and Najimy will return to their original roles. Workaholics writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo penned the screenplay.

The original was directed by Kenny Ortega and was released in the month of July, despite being a Halloween movie. The box office returns were viewed as a disappointment, with the movie earning $39 million in total grosses, but it found new life in home video and became a cult classic.

Shankman is also attached to produce Disney's long-awaited sequel to Enchanted, titled Disenchanted. It is unclear whether Disenchanted or Hocus Pocus will go first. The director, who most recently helmed Taraji P. Henson's What Men Want, is repped by UTA and Sloane Offer.

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