Deadline has reported that Back to the Future and Forrest Gump director, Robert Zemeckis has entered final negotiations to direct a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, for Warner Brothers. It is set to be produced by the dynamic duo of Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro, who was originally slated to direct the film.
It will be the second adaptation of Dahl’s 1973 novel, which was first made into an extremely creepy 1990 film starring Anjelica Huston as the leader of a group of witches who are hell-bent on turning little children into mice. This new movie is said to be more true to the book, and arguably less creepy in comparison.
Zemeckis has had a spotty reputation at the box office lately. His last notable film was arguably Flight, starring Denzel Washington, which came out back in 2012. Personally, I think his last good film was The Polar Express, which came out back in 2004. He also has a movie set to come out in November, the fantasy/drama, Welcome to Marwen, starring Steve Carell.
Movie adaptations of Dahl’s work have also had a spotty run as of late, with the last notable film based on his work being Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Even Steven Spielberg struck out with his adaptation of The BFG back in 2016, which failed to recoup its costs.
Hopefully, The Witches will end the slump for both Zemeckis and admirers of Dahl’s work. I for one am looking forward to seeing what he has in store for us with this adaptation, that is, as long as he can keep staying away stay from filming it completely in motion capture.
What are your thoughts about Zemeckis helming The Witches? Do you think the fact that it is due to be produced by Del Toro and Cuaron will make a difference as well?
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