Remember Roald Dahl's creepy children's fantasy novel The Witches which was adapted into a movie in 1990? Yeah, the movie is being remade!
Roald Dahl, a fantasy suspense writer, who penned down multiple twisted books and sold more than 250 million copies in his time, wrote creepy novels for children and made their childhood much better. He won multiple awards and was one of the most celebrated writers. His works were appreciated across the globe and even Hollywood couldn't resist them. In 1990, a movie adaptation of the Roald Dahl was released which was critically praised and received mixed feedback from the public.
Directed by Nicolas Roeg, who directed movies like The Man Who Fell To Earth and Don't Look Now, the movie starred some of the biggest names - Anjelica Huston, who gained fame for playing Morticia Addams in the Addams Family, Mai Zetterling of Shadow of the Sun, Rowan Atkinson whom we love as Johnny English and Mister Bean, and Jasen Fisher, but still, for some reason, the movie performed poorly at the Box Office.
Produced by Jim Henson Productions for Lorimar Film Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros, the movie could only cash in $15.3 million when it had the potential to do much more. The movie, however, wasn't liked by the fans of the book and Roald himself as the ending of the movie differed from what he had penned down in the book. "A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse," read the premise of the movie.
Now after a span of twenty-nine years, Warner Bros has decided to revive the cult movie and give it a nice remake to suit the ages of today. The Witches, a story of a boy and his grandmother, who learn that the Grand High Witch is plotting to eliminate all the children of England, is getting a fancy remake and Robert Zemeckis has been hired by Warner Bros to direct the film.
He will be joined by other brilliant creative people - Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro, who will produce the film and the production has already begun. “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," Robert told the Playlist. But who's playing the titular character, you ask? It's the always-a-good-girl, Anne Hathaway.
According to Variety, Anne Hathaway has signed a deal to play the role of the Grand High Witch in the movie which was played by Anjelica Huston in the original movie. Anjelica's performance was loved by the critics and Anne certainly has some big shoes to fill since she's attempting to portray the iconic role which scared us all as children. Anne has also been offered the role for Sesame Street.
Reports are suggesting that the new remake will incline more towards the original book, unlike the movie released in 1990 by Warner Bros. Even though the first movie wasn't a commercial success, the cult movie still holds a special place and was considered one of the creepiest movies ever made for children. Let's hope they do justice to Roald Dahl's novel this time.
"This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches. Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!" reads the synopsis of the book. Who's excited about The Witches remake?