We had learned earlier this year that Robert Zemeckis would be directing a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, first adapted by the late Nicolas Roeg back in 1990, with both Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron on board to produce. Talk about a power team, eh?
An update from Variety this week lets us know that Anne Hathaway has been offered a role in the film. The site writes, “the actress is fielding an offer for Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches.”
Granted, that doesn’t mean she’ll take it, but it’s good to know this one is moving along.
Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, which had a much darker, franchise-beginning finale (the young boy remains a mouse and must spend his short life hunting and killing all of those registered in the Grand High Witch’s address book).