Back in December 2020, Disney finally confirmed what fans had been waiting years to hear — a sequel to the incredibly popular film Hocus Pocus was in the works. Even better, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker would be returning to reprise their roles as Winifred, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson — the three witches who returned from the dead to suck the lives out of the children of Salem.
While the sequel will take place in Salem, just as the first film did, the movie will not film in Salem. Instead, Hocus Pocus 2 will film entirely in the state of Rhode Island. However, Massachusetts will still remain at the heart of the film, in everything from the storyline to the props that will help bring the amazing sets to life.
In fact, set decorators were recently seen shopping for those props at a large Massachusetts antique store called New Bedford Antiques at the Cove. The store has previously seen its pieces in the Wes Anderson movie Moonrise Kingdom.
Per an article from South Coast Today:
Two set buyers from the upcoming Disney film “Hocus Pocus 2” bought items from New Bedford Antiques at the Cove to be seemingly featured on the set.
“The items were very New England feel, they had that rustic kind of spooky charm to them,” said Donna Gagne, a seasoned employee.
“Really cool, darkish kind of pieces. But a lot of fun pieces, too. A lot of lamps, dark lamps, dark shades, some pumpkins, different kinds of apothecary jars… very old school New England…It’s exciting when the movie studios come in. We never know what to expect,” Gagne said. “But it is fun to see the items they buy and then it’s exciting to try to watch the movies afterwards to see if you could find out what’s going on in the background and where it came from.”
While no official filming start date for Hocus Pocus 2 has been announced at this time, it seems that filming will begin soon since finishing touches are being added to the sets. Plus, fall is about to begin in New England, and the atmosphere will be perfect for the filming of the witchy sequel.
At this time, it has not been revealed if any other original cast members will be returning for the sequel. However, Thora Birch, who played Dani Dennison in the original movie, has hinted that she may return for Hocus Pocus 2.
Hocus Pocus 2 is scheduled for a fall 2022 release, but no specific date has been given at this time.
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