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The Week in Movie News: 'The Witches' Remake On the Way, First 'Creed II' Trailer Arrives and More

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   Big News The Witches remake on the way: Robert Zemeckis, who hasn't made a family film in a while, is heading back to kid-friendly territory with a new adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches.  here and check out a trailer for Zemeckis' next movie down below.    Great News Marvel narrowed down choice for Black Widow director: Cate Shortland, Amma Asante and Maggie Betts were named as shortlisted candidates to helm Marvel's Black Widow, which is committed to having a woman director. here.   Incredible News Incredibles 2 smashes records at the box office: The latest Pixar release, Incredibles 2, had a...
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The Week in Movie News: 'The Witches' Remake On the Way, First 'Creed II' Trailer Arrives and More

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Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   Big News The Witches remake on the way: Robert Zemeckis, who hasn't made a family film in a while, is heading back to kid-friendly territory with a new adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches. Read more here and check out a trailer for Zemeckis' next movie down below.    Great News Marvel narrowed down choice for Black Widow director:...

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Time to Reread The Witches, Because Warner Bros. Is Rebooting the Cult Classic Family Movie

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The witches are back for another round! Warner Bros. is adding another adaptation to its roster by tackling Roald Dahl's The Witches.

According to Variety, Welcome to Marwen director Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct the project. Zemeckis is famous for working on classics like the Back to the Future film trilogy and, of course, the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump. He is planning on writing the script with his ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke and producing with a dynamite group of fellow Oscar winners: Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro (the latter of whom was originally on board to helm the project).

This will be the second adaptation of the 1983 novel, which follows a young boy who runs into a coven of witches who masquerade as ordinary women and kill children. The well-known 1990 movie adaptation, starring the amazing Anjelica Huston, was highly praised by critics and earned an incredibly
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Robert Zemeckis Will Direct Roald Dahl's The Witches Adaptation

Robert Zemeckis Will Direct Roald Dahl's The Witches Adaptation
With his new film Welcome to Marwen arriving in November, director Robert Zemeckis has lined up his next project, writing and directing an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches. Zemeckis is reportedly in final negotiations for this project, with sources claiming a deal will be finalized shortly. Warner Bros. is distributing this adaptation, with the project in development for more than a decade, with Guillermo del Toro once attached to direct back in 2006.

The Witches was published by Roald Dahl in 1983, centering on an eight year old Brititsh boy who is sent to live with his Norwegian grandmother after his parents are both killed in a car accident. The grandmother has a gift for storytelling, and the boy becomes particularly intrigued with her stories about witches. She tells him about the little boys that witches look for, and the "witchophiles" that hunt them, before the boy returns to England
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The Witches Remake Snags One of the Biggest Directors of All-Time

At one point, director Guillermo del Toro was attached to direct a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic 1973 kid-horror novel The Witches, and today we have word Del Toro is still producing the film but a new director will be taking the helm. Yes, Variety reports today that Robert Zemeckis will be taking up […]

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New 'The Witches' on Its Way From Robert Zemeckis; Here's What We Know So Far

A new, big-screen version of Roald Dahl's The Witches is on its way from Warner Bros. and filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, according to Variety. Here's what we know so far. What's the source material? Published in 1983, the children's book by Roald Dahl follows an 8-year-old British boy who goes to Norway to live with his grandmother after his parents are killed. His grandmother tells him stories about witches, describing them as horrifying creatures who only want to kill children. After he moves back to England with his grandmother, she becomes ill and they head to a hotel by the sea for her to recuperate. There, the boy is trapped by witches and transformed into a mouse. Inspired by his grandmother, the boy endeavors to kill all the...
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Roald Dahl's Children's Classic The Witches Is Being Remade by the Director of Forrest Gump

Roald Dahl's Children's Classic The Witches Is Being Remade by the Director of Forrest Gump
The Witches are coming back!

The hit 1990 movie starring Anjelica Huston is getting a remake thanks to Back to the Future and Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis, according to Variety. The Oscar winner is partnering up with Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) and Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) for the remake.

Recent Oscar winner del Toro was originally set to direct the film before pulling out and handing over duties to Zemeckis. The director is also set to write the script for the movie.

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New 'The Witches' on Its Way From Robert Zemeckis; Here's What We Know So Far

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A new, big-screen version of Roald Dahl's The Witches is on its way from Warner Bros. and filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, according to Variety. Here's what we know so far. What's the source material? Published in 1983, the children's book by Roald Dahl follows an 8-year-old British boy who goes to Norway to live with his grandmother after his parents are killed. His grandmother tells him stories about witches, describing them as horrifying creatures who only...

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Time to Reread The Witches, Because Warner Bros. Is Rebooting the Cult Classic Family Movie

The witches are back for another round! Warner Bros. is adding another adaptation to its roster by tackling Roald Dahl's The Witches.

According to Variety, Welcome to Marwen director Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct the project. Zemeckis is famous for working on classics like the Back to the Future film trilogy and, of course, the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump. He is planning on writing the script with his ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke and producing with a dynamite group of fellow Oscar winners: Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro (the latter of whom was originally on board to helm the project).

This will be the second adaptation of the 1983 novel, which follows a young boy who runs into a coven of witches who masquerade as ordinary women and kill children. The well-known 1990 movie adaptation, starring the amazing Anjelica Huston, was highly praised by critics and earned an incredibly
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Robert Zemeckis to Direct ‘The Witches’ Remake Produced by Guillermo del Toro

Robert Zemeckis to Direct ‘The Witches’ Remake Produced by Guillermo del Toro
Robert Zemeckis will a helm a remake of The Witches, adapted from the book by Roald Dahl. Dahl’s book was previously turned into a film filled with creepy puppets, scary make-up effects, and goo, courtesy of director Nicolas Roeg. Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron will produce this new take on the story. One of the films from […]

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Steve Carell (and His Toy Dolls) Fight Nazis in First Trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Welcome to Marwen’

He may not be embraced as he once was, but Robert Zemeckis continues to make some of the most formally interesting work on a large Hollywood scale. Following his return to live-action with the trio of Flight, The Walk, and Allied, his next project looks to be a mix of that realm and healthy dose of motion capture. Welcome to Marwen, another remake of a documentary from the director, is based of the 2010 film Marwencol, and the first trailer has now arrived.

Following Steve Carell’s character in the true story of a man who was beaten into a coma, leaving memory loss, he then constructs a fantastical World War II-era world of dolls that fight the Nazis, sharing parallel to his real world. The way Zemeckis brings this to life… well, must be seen to be believed, and you can do so now in the trailer below.

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Robert Zemeckis Teaming Up With Alfonso Cuaron And Guillermo Del Toro For Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’

Lately, filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has been sticking to films aimed more at adults, such as “The Walk,” “Flight,” and the upcoming “Welcome to Marwen.” However, we can’t forget that Zemeckis is the guy who brought us such family films like “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “The Polar Express.” And it appears that his next project is going to bring the director back to his family-friendly ways.

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Robert Zemeckis to Tackle Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ for Warner Bros.

Back in 1990, Nicolas Roeg directed an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches, a children's dark fantasy tale about an orphaned boy who discovers that witches do indeed exist in his world. The Jim Henson Company production earned a BAFTA nomination for Christine Beveridge's horrifyingly fantastic make-up work which transformed Anjelica Huston into the Grand High Witch. Roeg's version changed quite a bit from Dahl's 1983 tome, but the story will get another shot at the big screen now that Robert Zemeckis is about to sign on as writer and director for Warner Bros.
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Robert Zemeckis to direct new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches

According to Variety, Back to the Future and Forest Gump helmer Robert Zemeckis is in final talks to write and direct a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel The Witches for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Published in 1973, The Witches follows a young British boy and his Norwegian grandmother who find themselves up against a group of witches with a hatred of children. It was previously adapted for the big screen by Warner Bros. and director Nicolas Roeg in 1990, with Anjelica Huston starring as the Grand High Witch.

Guillermo del Toro had previously been attached to the director’s chair on the new version, but has encountered scheduling conflicts which has forced him to vacate. The Oscar-winner remains attached as producer alongside Alfonso Cuaron, as well as Zemeckis and his ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke.

Warner Bros. has been keen to team up with Zemeckis after meeting with the
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Robert Zemeckis in final talks to helm The Witches remake

Flight and Back to the Future’s Robert Zemeckis is currently in the final stages of negotiations with Warner Bros. to take the helm of the newest adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

Zemeckis would also pen the script, Guillermo del Toro had previously been in line to direct the film but had to step down due to scheduling conflicts. Del Toro will now produce alongside Alfonso Cuaron and Zemeckis’s ImageMovers partner, Jack Rapke.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Anjelica Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

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Robert Zemeckis Is Making A New Version Of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’

Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis is reported making a new version of Roald Dahl’s classic book The Witches. The 1973 novel tells the story of a brave young boy and his Norwegian grandmother as they battle England’s witches. It was previously adapted into a film in 1990 with the likes of Anjelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson amongst the cast.

Variety reports the news of a new version and says that Zemeckis is also writing the screenplay for the film.

Here’s the official synopsis for the original book:

Witches really are a detestable breed. They disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squish and squelch all the wretched children they despise. Luckily one boy and his grandmother know how to recognise these vile creatures, but can they get rid of them for good?

Zemeckis’ next film, Welcome to Marwen stars Steve Carell and is released
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Robert Zemeckis in Talks to Helm New Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches with Guillermo del Toro Producing

One of my favorite Halloween memories from my childhood is sorting through my trick-or-treat candy with my cousin and sister while the 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches played on the television. Sitting in the warm glow of the screen, the movie both delighted and chilled me to the bone, and it looks like Dahl's story may do that for another generation of viewers now that a new adaptation of the book is in the works with Guillermo del Toro producing and Robert Zemeckis potentially directing.

Variety reports that Zemeckis is in "final negotiations" to direct a new adaptation of Dahl's The Witches (originally published in 1983) for Warner Bros. Should the deal be finalized, he would also write the adaptive screenplay. On the producing side of the project are Jack Rapke (backing the project through his and Zemeckis' ImageMovers banner) and directors Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro,
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Robert Zemeckis in final negotiations to direct Roald Dahl's The Witches

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Although "The Witches" was one of my favourite Roald Dahl books when I was growing up, I somehow never got around to watching the 1990 film based upon the novel. Based on what I've seen of Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, it probably would have scared the crap out of me. A new adaptation of the author's classic novel has been in the works for some time, with... Read More...
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Robert Zemeckis Will Direct a Film Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Classic Book The Witches

Director Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to helm a big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic 1973 book The Witches for Warner Bros. He will also co-write the script with his partner, Jack Rapke along with Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water). Del Toro was attached to direct at one point, but he had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.

As a fan of Zemeckis, I actually think this is a great project for him to take on and I'm sure he'll have some fun with it and deliver a solid film adaptation. He's such a great filmmaker that has made some incredible and classic films in his career and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with this. The story was previously adapted by Jim Henson in 1990 with Anjelica Huston playing one of the lead roles.

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