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The Witches: Anne Hathaway to play Grand High Witch in remake of Roald Dahl film

Mirror logo Mirror 17/1/2019 Stacey Williams
Thr remake is likely to be much darker © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Thr remake is likely to be much darker

Something witch-y this way comes, as yet another film classic is getting the remake treatment.

This time its Roald Dahl's The Wtches, which will see Anne Hathaway take on the role of the Grand High Witch.

Written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the new adaptation of the much-loved children's book promises to be more true to the original story, rather than the loosely-based 1990 film which audiences have come to know and love.

The story sees a 7-year-old boy go on holiday with his retired witch hunter grandmother, where they just so happen to stumble upon a witch convention, and so the unlikely pair must try and bring down their evil plans before it's too late.

According to Variety, Hathaway has fixed a scheduling problem that would have seen this role clash with the upcoming Sesame Street film.

Anjelica Huston et al. posing for the camera: They have a very good sense of smell © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited They have a very good sense of smell

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The Witches is one in a long line of films up for reboots or remakes in the coming years, and many film fans are torn between wanting and preserving the classics of their childhood; and, it seems, it's not just the audience who are having reservations when it comes to the sudden influx.

The OG Grand High Witch herself, Anjelica Huston, "didn't really know why" they were considering remaking the 1990 film, telling Entertainment Weekly: "I think Nick Roeg made the ultimate Witches."

"Frankly, best of luck to them. I hope it works. I just can't imagine anyone trying to remake that particular [film]. Maybe it's a good idea for this generation."

However, it was said Road Dahl was never a fan of Roeg's interpretation or his happy ending, so Zemeckis' plan to be more faithful to the novel might've been more pleasing to him.

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