Acclaimed Directors Brew a Remake of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’

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"The Witches" as illustrated by Quentin Blake. Photo: Roald Dahl Store website

Double, double toil and trouble …

Acclaimed director Alfonso Cuaron is slated to produce a remake of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel, “The Witches.”

Anjelica Huston (“Ever After”)  starred in the 1990 movie, which was about a boy who stands up against witches who kill children for the heck of it.

Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” Hell Boy”) is said to direct and write the remake, which will be in stop-motion animation in the same vein as “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

I think the film could have worked with live actors, but in the age of “Shrek” and “The Incredibles,” animated movies are in a league of their own. Nonetheless, I would have preferred it if one of my favorite directors, Cuaron (“Children of Men”), was at the helm instead of del Toro.

Then again, as a Dahl fan, I’m looking forward to see how this project turns out, but it might be a while before any of us see anything. After all, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” was more than three years in the making.

Till then, Vulture.com has listed the top Roald Dahl movie adaptations. The critical hit, “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” is the latest one:

Which of Dahl’s books would you like to see on the big screen? Sound off in the comments below!

 

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