The highly anticipated Robert Zemeckis' remake of The Witches which stars Anne Hathaway has been removed from the Warner Bros. release schedule.
2020 was certainly not the special year we all thought it was going to be. From the deadly virus to earthquakes and murder hornets, the first half of the year has been anything but pleasant. The summer season isn't looking too good for entertainment either. We are typically used to watching blockbusters and exciting remakes during this period, but thanks to the coronavirus, movies have been postponed to the latter half of the year or to the next. The highly anticipated Robert Zemeckis' remake of The Witches which stars Anne Hathaway has been removed from the Warner Bros. release schedule altogether. That was rather a bad blow to fans as it was expected to hit theaters this October.
Robert Zemeckis’ ‘THE WITCHES’ remake has been delayed and will release sometime in 2021. pic.twitter.com/yg3UdRBILc— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) June 13, 2020
According to comicbook, The Witches was originally featured in 1990 and starred Anjelica Huston. That movie turned out to the last film that Jim Henson worked on personally for The Jim Henson Company prior to his demise. According to Zemeckis, the upcoming remake will remain close to the original vision, albeit with its own unique spin. "We're going to set it in the Gothic South in the 1960s," Zemeckis told French website Allocine. "It's an exciting way to put a sociological spin on this kind of witch story." The reboot will be written by Zemeckis and Kenya Barris, with Jack Rapke, Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro as producers.
Gutted. Knew something was amiss. We haven’t seen ANYTHING from the film as yet and I’d have thought there would have been a teaser by now. 😭— David catterall (@daviebaby8666) June 13, 2020
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the original Grand High Witch Anjelica admitted she "[didn't] really know why" an updated version was in the works, adding, "I think Nick Roeg made the ultimate Witches." She further stated, "Frankly, best of luck to them. I hope it works. I just can't imagine anyone trying to remake that particular [film]. Maybe it's a good idea for this generation."
I'm really looking forward to this remake.— john h. (@jherrera1927) June 13, 2020
The story of the original movie was based on the 1983 children's novel by Roald Dahl. It revolves around a little boy who finds a coven of witches that hate children. These evil witches disguise themselves as normal people so they can blend in, kidnap, and kill children. The young boy gets turned into a mouse but continues to work with his retired witch hunter grandmother to take down the coven.
The critics' consensus on Rotten Tomatoes gave the 1990 film a 97 percent rating stating: "With a deliciously wicked performance from Angelica Huston and imaginative puppetry by Jim Henson's creature shop, Nicolas Roeg's dark and witty movie captures the spirit of Roald Dahl's writing like few other adaptations."