Hocus Pocus 3 Script Progress Gets Positive Update (With One Major Character Tease)


Hocus Pocus 2 screenwriter Jen D’Angelo teases their progress on the script for Hocus Pocus 3, hinting at an important character who may return.

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  • The Hocus Pocus 3 is still in development, and the team is currently in the story phase, exploring various ideas and potential storylines.
  • The Mother Witch character, played by Hannah Waddingham in Hocus Pocus 2, is being considered for a more significant role.
  • While no storylines are concrete yet, the team hopes to see the return of the Sanderson sisters as adults and take the characters on exciting adventures.



Hocus Pocus 3 has gotten a hopeful update and a tease as to the potential return of a major character. The movie is a follow-up to the 2022 Disney+ original Hocus Pocus 2, which was a sequel to the 1993 cult classic Hocus Pocus. Both movies followed the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy), a trio of witches who have twice been unleashed upon Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween. The new movie was confirmed to be in development this June, with Hocus Pocus 2 director Anne Fletcher and writer Jen D’Angelo set to return.

Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with Jen D’Angelo to discuss her work on the sequel Hocus Pocus 3. She shared that progress is being made in the wake of the end of the 2023 writers strike, but “we’re still in the story phase.” However, she teased that a story they are considering involves Hannah Waddingham’s character the Mother Witch (who originally gave the Sanderson sisters their spellbook), saying “we’ve only scratched the surface” of that character. Read D’Angelo’s full quote below:

We’re still in the story phase, we’re still working on it. We’ve been working on some ideas, and it’s been fun to dive back into that world and we have so many directions in which to go and so many new characters to explore. We’ve only scratched the surface of Hannah Waddingham’s Mother Witch. [No storylines are concrete yet.] I believe that she’s that mother [that’s referenced in the original movie,] that she is the scorpion pie mother, and that they had a much more significant relationship with her than we’ve yet to see. But, maybe we will see. Anything’s on the table. We for sure want to see [the Sanderson sisters] again as adults, [but I was enamored by the actors playing them as kids and] I’m hoping that we are able to explore every aspect of these stories and take these characters on a bunch of fun adventures. 3 is still very much in the early stages, we don’t really know what it is, but we’re exploring all options and I think everybody is so delighted by the reaction that Hocus Pocus 2 got, and we’re excited to continue those stories.

Hannah Waddingham in Hocus Pocus 2

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Source: EW