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Robert Zemeckis to Direct Remake of ‘The Witches’

Jason McDonald

“The Witches” is one of those movies that everyone in my age group has seen as a child and been traumatized by in some way or another.  One of those kids movies that is definitely a kids movie, but they inject enough messed up weird crap in it to freak children out.  And now a whole new generation may get to experience that joy.

Variety is reporting that Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future” and a ton of other amazing movies) is working on a new adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic book “The Witches.”  The original adaptation was made in 1990 and starred Angelica Houston.  Apparently this new take on the book will be more faithful than the ’90s film.  Immediately, I haven’t read the book, so I couldn’t tell you what that means.  Only that the film dealt with a young boy running afoul of witches.

Zemeckis is set to write and direct the feature with Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron sitting in as producers.  If you’re curious as to how they got involved, del Toro has long been attached as a possible director for the project and we all know how that usually goes.

So stay tuned for more details.

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