the witches by Roald Dahl

New Adaptation of ‘The Witches’ Classic to Be Set in the Gothic South

The new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches is underway. Director Robert Zemeckis will bring the children’s classic to the screen once again but with a couple of changes according to Bloody Disgusting.


Zemeckis revealed, “We’re going to set it in the Gothic South in the 1960s. It’s an exciting way to put a sociological spin on this kind of witch story.”



the witches by roald dahl

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The shift to the American south is a fairly big departure from the story’s original settings which took place in England and Norway. Rumors that the new adaptation would be more faithful to the source material than Nicolas Roeg’s 1990 adaptation are now being called into question. (There is also a rumor that Anne Hathaway had been offered a role but official casting announcements haven’t been made yet.)


The film will still follow a young boy who must stop the Grand High Witch from turning children into mice and exterminating them, with the help of his beloved grandmother.


Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron are on board to produce and the project will definitely benefit from del Toro’s ability to bring fantastical elements to life!





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