Why does Hollywood keep handing out film adaptations of Roald Dahl children’s books like they’re candy on Halloween? Oh well, I suppose in this franchise and remake-obsessed film industry there’s room for one more The Witches.
Especially with so many legendary directors on board. Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) and Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) will reportedly serve as producers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Zemeckis (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Death Becomes Her, etc) will direct The Witches for Warner Bros. Variety reported on Tuesday that Zemeckis will also write the screenplay along with Jack Rapke.
The 1973 children’s novel, The Witches, is the story of a seven-year-old boy who encounters, um, witches, who hate children and consequently turn him into a mouse.
Many esteemed directors have taken a crack at Dahl’s novels. Tim Burton adapted / remade the movie of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005, and earlier this month there were reports of Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover, and Ezra Miller vying for the role of Wonka in yet another remake from Paddington director Paul King. Steven Spielberg revived The BFG in 2016. And of course, of course there was a already a great 1990 adaptation of the The Witches starring Angelica Huston, directed by Nicolas Roeg.