Production of the Hocus Pocus family suite continued this week as teams built a perfect 17th-century American village.
The set, which was built in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is believed to be a replacement for Salem, Massachusetts, according to the Providence Journal.
The Halloween-themed Disney + sequel began filming last week with original stars Bette Midler, 75, Sarah Jessica Parker, 56, and Kathy Najimy, 64, returning as the evil Sanderson Sisters. .
Back to business: Hocus Pocus 2 returns to production as a village set was built in Lincoln, Rhode Island, to replace Salem Massachusetts circa 1670; photographed Thursday
Members of the creepy comedy crew were seen building the set, which is set to show off during two days of filming.
The whole gang: Bette Midler, 75, Sarah Jessica Parker, 56, and Kathy Najimy, 64, all return for the Disney + movie as Sanderson Sisters, a trio of witches
Although the exteriors looked immaculate, most of the buildings and houses on the wooded lot appeared to be just facades with no interior.
The set will be used for a dramatic action scene, as tanks that appeared to be filled with fuel for fire scenes were spotted near the buildings.
There were also two 500 gallon water tanks to help extinguish any pyrotechnics.
The 1993 original, directed by Kenny Ortega, featured a scene in which Midler, Parker, and Najimy were trapped in an oven and set on fire.
However, the power of their dark magic was found to be strong enough to replenish their bodies in this film, so any attempt to cremate them could backfire on their fellow Salem citizens as well.
The Lincoln ensemble featured multi-story wooden buildings with brick chimneys, although mechanical pods hidden behind the facades contrasted with the attributes of the time.
Last week, a Rhode Island state air quality specialist was sent to the site for an inspection ahead of reports that productions are planning to burn the set, according to the Providence Journal.
However, the inspector later clarified that only “fire beams” powered by natural gas will be used, which will create flames but prevent buildings from being set on fire due to the use of fire retardant materials.
Burning scene: The wooden village will be set ablaze, but it is not expected to burn to the ground, the Providence Journal reported last week
False facades: The buildings were mostly facades, and modern aerial work platforms have been seen hiding behind the displays
A sequel to Hocus Pocus, which has received scathing criticism from critics, has been in development since 2017, but it didn’t start to take shape until after screenwriter Jen D’Angelo began writing a new screenplay. in 2019.
The new film will be directed by Anne Fletcher, who directed the dance film Step Up (2006) and several comedies, including 27 Dresses (2008), The Proposal (2009) and Hot Pursuit (2015).
Although few details have been released on the plot of Hocus Pocus 2, the Sanderson sisters are expected to be revived in present-day Salem by a trio of three young girls.
Comedian and actor Sam Richardson, best known for his appearances on Netflix’s Veep and I Think You Should Leave, will join the cast in an undisclosed role.
A release date has yet to be set for Hocus Pocus 2, but it is expected to arrive on Disney + in 2022.
Back for more: The 1993 original received bad reviews and failed at the box office, but it has become a cult classic in home video and Disney Channel; Najimy, Middler and Parker seen in Hocus Pocus
New Blood: Little has been revealed about the plot, in which the Sanderson sisters are resurrected in the present, but comedian Sam Richardson joins the cast in an undisclosed role; seen on October 18 in LA