‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Will Not Film in Salem, MA Like the Original Movie. Unlike the original film, the Hocus Pocus sequel will not be filmed in the iconic area of Salem, Massachusetts. The movie is currently preparing to film in Rhode Island, with new sets being constructed this week.
The Boston Globe shared the production update, writing: “Multiple reports this week said production had begun building 1600s-era movie sets in Chase Farm Park in Lincoln, where much of the second film will reportedly be shot. Production also has been securing permissions from town officials and law enforcement on things like controlled burns for certain scenes, according to the Providence Journal.
Filmmakers are also making use of historic buildings like the Cranston Street Armory in Providence that will reportedly be a soundstage, according to Rhode Island NBC affiliate WJAR. An executive director of the Rhode Island Film & Television office told the news outlet that Disney is paying for “intensive cleanup” of the facility as well as all utilities. He called the production “a very net gain for the state of Rhode Island.”“
Singer/actress Bette Midler (“The First Wives Club,” “Beaches”) returns as Winifred Sanderson, with Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City”) and Kathy Najimy (“Sister Act”) back as her sisters, Sarah and Mary, respectively. In “Hocus Pocus 2,” new characters Becca, Izzy, and Cassie accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern day Salem and the girls must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world.
“Hocus Pocus 2” has begun production under the direction of Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal,” “27 Dresses”), who is taking over directing responsibilities from her friend and colleague Adam Shankman (“Hairspray,” “The Wedding Planner”), with Lynn Harris (“The Shallows”) serving as producer. This is a developing story, so be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Disney+!
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