Roald Dahl‘s The Witches has been delighting and terrifying children and adults since it first hit bookshelves in 1983, then movie theaters in 1990.
Now, Warner Bros. and filmmaker Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) are planning to bring the story back to the big screen, reports Variety. It’s not 100 percent confirmed, but according to industry insiders, the collaboration is “in final negotiations.”
If the new version is anything as compelling as the original film, which featured Angelica Huston’s petrifying performance as the Grand High Witch, then we’re excited.
Presuming all the pieces fall into place, Zemeckis will direct and write the screenplay, with Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) producing. Originally del Toro was set to direct, but he reportedly had to bow out due to a scheduling conflict.
The 1983 book revolves around an orphaned 8-year-old boy who goes to live with his Norwegian grandmother. She warns him about “real” witches, who catch and kill children. It seems like a tall tale, until he does in fact fall prey to a bunch of British witches plotting to rid the world of children by turning them into mice.
We’ll bring you more on this remake as news emerges. But in the meantime, here’s the trailer for Zemeckis’ new film, Welcome to Marwen, which dropped yesterday (June 20). The biopic, starring Steve Carell, tells the story of a artist recovering from a brutal attack. He’s lost his abilities due to his injuries but finds a new way to express himself, ultimately helping him get through the trauma:
It’s too early to predict a release date for the new version of The Witches. But if you now have Roald Dahl on the brain, check out this Anglo Brit Binge post, Five Roald Dahl Adaptations Available Online.
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