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Easter Eggs, Witches – The Hollywood Reporter


[The following story contains spoilers from Hocus Pocus 2.]

When the team behind Hocus Pocus 2 decided to embark on a sequel to the beloved Halloween movie, they were faced with the challenge of trying to figure out how to capture what people loved about the original movie while not repeating the story. similar since 1993.

“It was a constant pull,” said director Anne Fletcher The Hollywood Reporter in Hocus Pocus 2 launched in New York last month. “You’re thinking while you’re developing the script and setting it up and creating the sets, the costumes, the cast. You constantly think what the fans will love to see, what will feel too repetitive, what will be the right amount of spice that the fans will love, so it keeps coming up. appear in my mind. And I think we’ve balanced everything in a perfect space, just all the things we love about witches and a little more.”

Screenwriter Jen D’Angelo, who wrote the script for the sequel, used her A trick fandom and her own experience with strong high school friendships and love of spooky things to inform her.

“I definitely just thought, ‘What do I like about the original?’ It’s the Sanderson sisters, it’s the spooky fun, it’s the unexpected emotion,” said D’Angelo CHEAP. “I still cry every time Thackery [Binx] finally turned back into a boy [of the first film]so that’s what I really wanted: that fun, spooky fun and also the surprisingly surprising part at the heart of the story. “

For executive producer Adam Shankman, keeping the Sanderson sisters at the center was key.

“I always kept in mind that the three witches were its heart and soul, and they were the Three Stooges,” he said. CHEAP in Hocus Pocus 2 premiere. “And if we just make sure that’s kept in balance, there’s a whole world we can create around them as long as they come back to life exactly where they left off. And they have a whole new set of challenges and a whole new digital world to face. “

In addition to coming back from the dead again, through the black flame candle, Winnie (Bette Midler), Mary (Kathy Najimy) and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) Sanderson are told their own stories as viewers are watched. younger versions of the trio and how they develop their powers.

Midler said CHEAP about the sequel’s approach and determining what to focus on, “I think they’ve been very careful in making something people like. I know that what they love is that the three of us are always together and that our relationship is very deep. They wanted us to have a basic story because people used to say, ‘What’s the story? Why is this happening to them? And who were they before? ‘ and I think they did a great job. “

In addition to taking viewers back to the 17th century, Fletcher and D’Angelo move the story forward as the Sanderson sisters confront another trio of girls with similar relationships.

For D’Angelo, the theme of sisterhood stems from her own childhood experiences.

“It really goes back to the version of the movie I wanted to see when I was a kid. And I really felt it was important to do a story about teenage girls’ friendship,” said D’Angelo. “The big problem that Cassie (Lilia Buckingham) and Becca (Whitney Peak) are having is something I went through with my friends in high school, and I just remember you would have these arguments. with your friends because you don’t know how to communicate. . I just feel it’s a really important story to share with everyone to show a strong friendship that really overcomes struggle and becomes stronger on the other side. “

Not only does Peak’s Becca appear after battles with more powerful witches, she’s even revealed to be a witch, as her palms glow with purple light as she discovers her powers. his strength after the age of 16.

Peak called the moment “very exciting” but also suited the way her character has grown up.

“I think for her in her life, she has to be in control of a lot of things and be very independent and mature at a very young age,” Peak said. CHEAP. “And letting that happen to her just really put her to the test a little bit and cemented her relationships with her friends and really reassured her about who she is and sort of. why everything in her life is the way it is. So that’s kind of an a-ha moment. Everything happens for a reason. Suddenly everything in my life makes sense.”

D’Angelo said Becca learned her magical abilities were “pure wish fulfillment.”

“I was really into spooky things when I was growing up,” says the writer CHEAP. “In high school, my friends and I used to play with the Ouija board. We love Halloween stuff. So she leaned a little bit on me, wanted to get into witchcraft and found that it was all really fun, and then pure wish fulfillment. “

Fletcher connects today’s plot to the film’s prequel elements, saying that Becca’s discovery “is in the script and I just pushed it a little further”.

“We just had fun with it because we had a prequel where we had a lot of the backstory about how and why any of this happened to witches. , and I wanted to bring it into modern times,” says Fletcher. “During the development of the script, it elegantly represents our three teenagers through the Sanderson sisters.”

Shankman praised Fletcher’s plot depiction of Becca and suggested that it could hint at future projects in the future. A trick The universe.

“I think Anne handled that really, really well,” Shankman said of Becca’s discovery. “We watched over and over again how it would work, if it would work, forever, and Anne just said, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do.’ And I think it’s great. And it generated a lot of excitement about potential spin-offs.”

Fletcher confirmed that the first movie exists in the world of the sequel when asked about Hocus Pocus 2Winnie’s meta moment when Winnie flies over a house and sees everyone watching the first movie on TV, especially the scene where the witches interrupt a couple’s Halloween night bickering played by Garry and Penny Marshall played the role of the deceased.

“There’s a Sanderson contest in the movie, obviously there’s an original movie. I wanted to be bold and fun,” says Fletcher. “Watch it with the audience, because we had a lot of test audiences, they loved it because it was a little kiss, a nod of the first movie. We are paying homage to it as well as doing something completely new. The fact that Garry and Penny mean a lot in that moment, too. “

For producer Lynn Harris, the importance of the sequel extends beyond the two pairs of sisters in the sequel, but the concept of power is greater than quantity.

“Ultimately that’s very important, we’re stronger together than individually, and I think – that’s A trick So I don’t want to go into too much depth – but it’s a good message for everyone, whether it’s blood sisters or theoretical sisters, whether it’s family of choice or extended family. real family, we have to stick together,” Harris said.

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