The Witches terrified an entire generation of ’90s kids, and now a new reboot of the horrifying 1990 film will look to do the same to today’s children.
Variety reports that blockbuster filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, the director of films such as the Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, is set to helm a new adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl story for Warner Bros. Zemeckis is widely known as one of the most gifted directors of all time when it comes to the use of special effects, and he could really do some cool and innovative things with this material. Not only that, but Variety also reports that none other than fantasy horror maestro Guillermo del Toro will be helping shepherd the project with Zemeckis as one of the film’s producers, and the thought of these two putting their heads together on a reboot of The Witches should be enough to make fans of the original giddy. Oh, and just for good measure, Oscar-winning Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón is also set to produce.
That’s an awful lot of star power behind the scenes, and with that kind of talent it really seems like the movie can’t miss. No deal has been finalized yet, but if everything goes according to plan then we may end up with a new classic that can stand alongside the spectacular family films Zemeckis was cranking out in the ’80s. As for this version of The Witches, it’s expected to hew more closely to Dahl’s book than the original film did, meaning fans can expect even more twisted darkness from this incarnation. Let’s get this deal signed already!