If you didn't read Roald Dahl books as a kid, what were you even doing with your time? There was no better collection of books for children, and the range of themes and plots meant that there was something for everyone.
The Witches was probably one of the best though. It was the perfect combination of creepy and fun that made us keep reading long after our parents told us to go to bed.
In 1990, they made a movie based on the book, and it was absolutely awesome. While it wasn't a huge box office success, critics loved it and it found its audience eventually.
Anjelica Huston played the Grand High Witch, Miss Ernst, and her portrayal of the character had everyone completely obsessed.
The movie was basically perfect, but here's the thing, they are remaking it.
I know. Believe me, I'm right there with you. It's pretty crazy that they would bother remaking something that was already amazing, because like the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
The 1990 classic is getting a reboot from director Rober Zemeckis. You have definitely seen his work before, because he directed a lot of your old favorites including Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
So while he's got some experience with a more fun style of movie, his more recent work has been dramas like Flight.
According to Variety, Zemeckis is set to write the script for the movie as well, and he's got some other big names already who will be acting as producers as well. Both Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Gravity) and Guillermo de Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim, The Shape of Water) have signed on to produce the remake.
Apparently Dahl himself hated the original movie because the ending didn't follow the plot of the novel, but it's hard to know what Zemeckis is going to do this early into production.
We don't have any way of knowing if he's planning on sticking closely to the plot, or if he will be going with a similar alternate ending that the original movie did.
We don't have much to go on yet, so I am going to do my best to try not and get too upset before we find out more.
What do you think? Are you excited at the potential of a remake of The Witches or do you think nothing will replace the original?
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Source - Variety