Anne Fletcher Returns to Direct ‘Hocus Pocus 3’

Disney officially confirmed that Hocus Pocus 3 is currently in development just earlier this week, and today brings news that Hocus Pocus 2 director Anne Fletcher will return to direct the new movie.

Both Hocus Pocus 2 director Anne Fletcher and writer Jen D’Angelo are back for Hocus Pocus 3, as first reported by The Wrap.

As we previously reported, a third film in the beloved Halloween-set franchise starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as a trio of Salem witches resurrected to wreak havoc in modern day is currently in the works, as confirmed in a recent interview with Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production.

The new film follows the huge streaming success of 2022’s Hocus Pocus 2, which reunited the three witches and their undead co-star Doug Jones as Billy Butcherson 29 years after the release of director Kenny Ortega’s 1993 original Hocus Pocus, and broke streaming records for the Disney+ platform upon its debut on September 30 of last year. It broke the record for the total number of minutes watched by a streaming film across its weekend debut, according to Nielsen tracking information, with Disney calling it “”the biggest opening for a streaming movie ever recorded” in Nielsen history.

Stay tuned for more continuing coverage of Hocus Pocus 3 as the project progresses.

Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus 2 are streaming on Disney+.

See all of our Hocus Pocus 3 coverage here!

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.