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Robert Zemeckis to Direct New Roald Dahl ‘The Witches’ Adaptation

Variety reports that Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations with Warner Brothers to write and direct a new film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel The Witches. At earlier points in the process, Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and then Guillermo Del Torro (The Shape of Water) were each expected to direct, but at this juncture, the two are poised to produce the film instead.


Zemeckis has previously written the screenplay for the first Back to the Future film and directed all three. He also directed Who Framed Roger Rabbit?The Polar Express, and Forrest Gump.


The Witches 1990 movie poster

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Warner Brothers first adapted the novel in 1990, directed by Nicolas Roeg, written by Allan Scott, and starring Anjelica Huston as the spectacularly creepy ‘Grand High Witch’. The new adaptation will reportedly stick more closely to the source material.


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