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Robert Zemeckis in Talks to Direct New Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’



Robert Zemeckis in Talks to Direct New Adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'The Witches'

Director Nicolas Roeg’s 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches was one of my absolute favorites growing up, and I still can’t get enough of this amazing movie. And now it’s been announced that Guillermo del Toro will produce a new adaptation of Dahl’s story, with Robert Zemeckis in talks to direct.

Variety reports today that Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book The Witches, and his deal with studio is expected to be completed very shortly.

Zemeckis will also pen the script, with his partner Jack Rapke producing through their banner ImageMovers, along with Alfonso Cuaron.

The new project will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston movie was a loose adaptation.

Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

While we wait for more details on The Witches, check out the trailer and book cover art below.

The Witches Book