Robert Zemeckis directing new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Robert Zemeckis is replacing Guillermo del Toro on Warner Bros’ The Witches

Following the news that Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s LabyrinthThe Shape Of Water) has dropped out of Warner Bros’ big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Robert Zemeckis has now stepped in to take his place.

Zemeckis, whose directing credits include all three Back The The Future films, Who Framed Roger RabbitDeath Becomes Her and Forrest Gump, will be directing the film.

Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron (GravityHarry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban) are both serving as producers. Zemeckis is set to write the script with his ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke, and the pair will also produce.

Warner Bros new retelling of Roald Dahl’s popular book will obviously be the second screen adaptation, following Nicolas Roeg’s 1990 film starring Anjelica Huston, which went on to give many, many children nightmares for years.

You can read the synopsis for The Witches, as found on the official Roald Dahl website, here:

Witches absolutely detest children. To a witch, a child smells like dogs’ droppings. And now the Grand High Witch is planning to get rid of every child in England – can anybody stop them?

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