Roald Dahl's works have been adapted for large screens more than once, albeit with varying degrees of success. If the picture "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" has long become a classic, then "The Big and Kind Giant" will eventually be forgotten by the audience. And since Hollywood producers love to film books in a new way, they got not only to Willie Wonka, who will soon take on a new look, but also to Dahl's The Witches.|
As Variety found out, Robert Zemeckis is in talks with Warner Bros. to lead the filming of the new adaptation of The Witches. Zemeckis plans to write the script on his own and also act as one of the producers of the tape along with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro. The latter was once going to take the director's chair of The Witches himself, but had to abandon this idea in favor of other projects.
Dahl's original novel is about an eight-year-old boy who, after the death of his parents, goes to live with his grandmother. She often tells her grandson fairy tales, but most of all the child is attracted by the story of witches who kill human children. The main character knows how to distinguish demons from ordinary people, and when a whole bunch of witches meets on his way, he is forced to confront them, relying only on his own ingenuity and the help of friends. The book has already been filmed by Nicholas Rogue in 1990. Despite the fact that the picture failed at the box office, many viewers will remember it thanks to the magnificent performance of Angelica Houston. It is reported that Zemeckis intends to make a film as close to the original source as possible, as opposed to Rogue's tape.
In addition to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with the legendary Gene Wilder, viewers are also familiar with the 2005 version, where Johnny Depp played the main role. Both films enjoyed financial success, which cannot be said about other projects based on the works of Dahl. The Fantastic Mr. Fox earned critical acclaim, but grossed only $ 46 million on a $ 40 million budget, while the aforementioned “The Big Good Giant” and “James and the Giant Peach” frankly flopped at the box office. Perhaps Robert Zemeckis, who is now preparing the war drama Marven's Women for the fall premiere, will be able to avoid the mistakes of his predecessors.
The Topic of Article: Robert Zemeckis will fight witches.