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Adam Shankman took to Instagram to tease some upcoming news about the highly anticipated Hocus Pocus 2. Little is known about the sequel to the 1993 Halloween classic, as very little updates have come out about the film since its initial announcement. Disney first confirmed Hocus Pocus 2 was in development in December. Although the original Hocus Pocus was released to middling critical reception and a low box office take upon its release, it slowly became a cult classic over the years and has since become a Halloween staple.

The original film starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, three witches from the town of Salem. The trio is brought back to life by an unwitting teenager who doesn't believe in magic and he must protect his little sister throughout the film from falling into their traps. As for the plot of Hocus Pocus 2, that's being kept under wraps, but that might change soon.

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Shankman revealed that Hocus Pocus 2 news is coming sometime this week. He describes the news as "huge" but did not hint as to what it could be. The director did say that "it's all REALLY REALLY good" and he expressed enthusiasm about the project alongside a picture of what could be a film set. Check it out below:

Right now, it's unclear if Shankman is directing the film or not. Reports surfaced in April that he was replaced by choreographer Anne Fletcher as Hocus Pocus 2's director, but he appears to still be involved in some capacity. What that means for the film or the news he is teasing is unclear, but it's likely to be an announcement that production has started, possibly alongside a release date. If filming begins soon enough, Hocus Pocus 2 could likely debut sometime around Halloween, the perfect time for the film to premiere.

The original Hocus Pocus' cult status is thanks, in part, to its association with that holiday. From movie marathons to making Salem, Massachusetts a tourism hotspot, the original film has become a bonafide classic and capitalizing on that by releasing the sequel during Halloween would be the perfect move. Whether or not Parker would be available to film so soon is up in the air - she still has the Sex and the City revival to contend with - but Disney will likely want to get the film out as soon as possible and Hocus Pocus 2 would be the perfect Halloween treat for fans of the original classic.

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