Hocus Pocus creator David Kirschner wants a spin-off series from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer-inspired universe.
In 1993, David Kirschner was commissioned to bring to life one of Disney’s most popular Halloween stories: Hocus Pocus. And although at the time it was not exactly well received by critics, it soon became one of the the favorites of viewers around the world.
Now, the creator of the franchise – which will arrive with its first sequel at the end of September—, affirms that he is already planning new forms of expand the universe of the Sanderson Sisterstaking the television classic as a source of inspiration: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
A great day to defeat monsters
During an interview with the podcast The Art of Kindness, David Kirschner revealed the idea he has for a series of Hocus Pocusin which he plans to introduce both original tape elements like new stories. Well, according to the creator, “When the children meet in the tunnels of Salem [en la primera película]I want to explore this world that lives below the town, where Buffy the Vampire Slayer-style things and monsters live.”
Later on, the creator talked about his desire to make the story come true, stating that Salem is “a magical and sacred land, with great potential for more adventures”.
popularly, Salem is known for its connection to witchcraft and other fantasy stories, starting from the salem witch trials that terrified the people in 1693. stories like Hocus Pocus Bewitched Y PracticalMagic, have been inspired by its mysticism for their own productions, feeding the belief about the presence of witches and other magical items in the area. In addition, much of the local tourism is based on such superstitions, making it an ideal setting for series and movies on these themes.
Secondly, the supernatural series have always been one of the strongest points of the youth Television, So, how Kirschner mentions, Buffy the Vampire Slayer it has served as inspiration for many other shows.
The format of “one monster per episode” has remained valid until now, since series such as The Winchesters —prequel to Supernatural— will return to the concept in the coming months.
The Potential of Hocus Pocus
The first film of Hocus Pocus premiered in the summer of 1993with a box office income ofand $45.5 million dollars around the world, a performance that represented a loss of almost $16.5 million during its theatrical release. Despite this, sales in Home Video and its transmission Disney Channel every Halloween season made it one of the studio’s most beloved cult films.
It’s no wonder then that a couple of years ago, Disney+ will announce the sequel to the filmcounting again with the sisters Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Mary Sanderson (Kathy Najimy), terrorizing a new group of teenagers.
The performance of it could really push Hocus Pocus to become a proper franchise, so the idea of Kirschner It doesn’t sound crazy at all.
The popularity of Hocus Pocus It has also been able to turn the property into one of the most important assets of the company in times of Halloweenwhich is not only reflected in TVbut in the parks of Disneywhere the sisters sanderson are part of the main shows and parades, in addition to being found in temporary merchandise thereof.
For now, it only remains to wait for the public’s response to the sequel and wish because Hocus Pocus may live far beyond his movies.