Bette Midler Conjures Up Bad News About the ‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel

Bad news for those who love The Sanderson sisters.

Bette Midler took to Facebook today to say that there won’t be a Hocus Pocus 2.

“After all these years and all the fan demand, I do believe I can stand and firmly say an unequivocal no,” Midler told a curious fan.

The unfortunate announcement comes after half-a-year of rumors, though Sarah Jessica Parker disputed claims of a follow-up film last month.

“I think it’s just on the World Wide Web,” she told Vulture. “We’ve all been exchanging funny, not-reality-based messages to one another. [That’s] as much as I know.”

Midler also joked prior to Halloween that the project had been shelved because Disney was “having trouble finding a virgin.”

Reports first surfaced that Hocus Pocus 2 when Kenny Ortega, who directed the original 1993 cult classic, said he “wouldn’t mind doing a sequel.”

“Even if it isn’t me, if someone else’s got to do it, [I want it],” he told Hollywood Life this summer.

“That’s a movie that we made over 20 years ago, and there’s an enormous fan base. Every October there’s this huge push for the studio to do it again. I have a feeling that maybe someday, someone might revisit it,” Ortega added. “I think it’d be great to revisit it with the same women. The Sanderson Sisters deserve another opportunity to land in the middle of something and do it again. They’re too much fun. Kathy Nijimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler — that’s a winner right there.”

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