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June 19, 2018 at 08:49 PM EDT

The Witches

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
91 minutes
performer
Anjelica Huston, Jasen Fisher, Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson, Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks
director
Nicolas Roeg
Producer
Jim Henson
distributor
Warner Bros., Warner Home Video
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Kids and Family

For Robert Zemeckis, something witchy this way comes.

The filmmaker is in final talks to adapt and direct Warner Bros’. take on Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book The Witches, EW can confirm.

Zemeckis will pen the script and produce with Jack Rapke, under their ImageMovers banner. Also on board as producers are Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón. (Before Zemeckis, Del Toro had long been linked to The Witches as a potential director.)

Dahl’s 1973 novel follows a young boy whose life is turned upside down when he discovers the existence of child-hating witches. The book was previously turned into a film in 1990, which diverged a great deal from its source material and starred Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch. Dahl reportedly found that take on his novel to be “utterly appalling.”

Though Zemeckis has gravitated toward more adult projects like Flight and The Walk of late, The Witches would mark a return to family-friendly territory, which he explored earlier in his career with movies such as Back to the Future and The Polar Express. Further details, including whether the Witches movie might make use of Zemeckis’ pioneering performance-capture methods, have yet to emerge.

Variety first reported the news.

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