Robert Zemeckis in talks to direct new adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches
Robert Zemeckis, known for films such as Back to the Future, Forrest Gump and The Polar Express, is set to direct a brand new big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1983 book The Witches, according to a report by Variety.
Zemeckis is understood to be in the final stages of negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct an all-new adaptation of Dahl's 1983 novel that was originally set to be helmed by Guilermo del Toro. However, the Pan's Labyrinth director was forced to pull out of the project due to scheduling conflicts, although he will retain a role as producer on the film along with his longtime friend and collaborator Alfonso Cuaron.
Dahl's story about a young boy who stumbles upon a witches' convention has already been brought to the big screen once before by Nicolas Roeg, whose 1990 adaptation starred Anjelica Huston. However, Roeg's version has been described as a 'loose adaptation' and it is understood that Zemeckis plans to create a version which sticks more closely to the book's original narrative.
Zemeckis is also understood to be providing the script for the new film along with Jack Rapke, who has previously worked with Zemeckis as a producer on various films, including Cast Away, The Polar Express and Flight.
Warner Bros. had previously been in talks with Zemeckis about their upcoming Flash movie starring Ezra Miller, but the director opted to work on Universal picture Welcome to Marwen, which stars Steve Carrell and is set to arrive in cinemas later this year.