A Terrific Trio Teams up to Remake Roald Dahl’s The Witches
A triple threat is forming to remake Roald Dahl’s The Witches. It’s a pretty big deal when a director takes on the challenge of adapting the spectacular work of the renowned author Roald Dahl. In fact, only some of the best directors have taken on this task, such as Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, and Wes Anderson.
News just dropped that Robert Zemeckis, Guillermo del Toro, and Alfonso Cuaron are teaming up and creating the legendary Roald Dahl’s 1973 beloved children’s book into a wicked film. “Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book The Witches,” studio sources tell Variety. This film is going to be wild if you know what I mean, with the contributions of not just Robert Zemeckis, but Oscar winning director of Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron, and other Oscar winning director of The Shape of The Water, Guillermo del Toro. If this film sounds familiar it’s because Warner Bros. first adapted it in 1990, with the excellent Anjelica Huston starring as one of the witches (she was very spooky).
The film tells the story of a young boy who moves in with his grandmother post the death of his parents. Later on, he finds himself caught by secret society of children-hating witches who pretend they are human. Oscar-winning director of Back to the Future and Forest Gump, Robert Zemeckis, claims that his take on this movie will stay more “true to the book”, in which it will be less unrealistic. Recently, Zemeckis has been directing movies more tailored towards a sophisticated, adult audience, such as Flight, Allied, and his upcoming Welcome to Marwen, so his take on The Witches is an exciting and creative opportunity for him. With a successful output, Zemeckis could get back into to the youthful, child-friendly genre, such his claim to fame films, Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Zemeckis’ upcoming film Welcome to Marwen, starring the one and only Steve Carell, will be released on November 1.
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