'Abracadabra 2': Director explains why the original protagonists are not in the sequel

‘Abracadabra 2’ debut soon on Disney+ and will feature the return of the Winifred witches (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mary (Kathy Najimy), known as the Sanderson sisters.

Doug Jones will also be back as the zombie Billy, killed by Winifred and condemned to serve her eternally.

However, the sequel will not feature the return of the original trio of protagonists.

In the plot, Max Dennison (Omri Katz) and his sister Dani (Thora Birch) are joined by the beautiful Allison (Vinessa Shaw) in an attempt to stop the witches after he brings them back from the dead by lighting the black candle flame on Halloween.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director Anne Fletcher (‘She Dances, I Dance’) explained that the intention of the new film is to pay homage to the original, but focusing on an entirely new adventure.

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Also, she couldn’t bring the trio back to just make a plot point.

“We wanted to bring back all the characters that fans love, and when you have all the story ingredients, you think, ‘How do we make this work?’ It was really hard trying to have them as a part of it, even if they were cameos.”

She added:

“When [a roteirista] Jen [D’Angelo] and I talked, suggested: ‘They might be in the background!’ And I was like, ‘Really? Are you going to put the protagonists of the first film in the background? Who would be satisfied with that? The fans would not be pleased, they would be angry.”

Bearing in mind that the sequence arrives at Disney+ in day September 30th.

It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th century sisters, and they’re out for revenge. Now it’s up to three teenagers to stop the ravenous witches from stirring up a new kind of chaos in Salem before dawn on the eve of All Saints’ Day.

The cast will still have Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belissa Escobedo, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Hannah Waddingham, Juju Brener, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Henderson and Nina Kitchen.

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