Well it’s not good news for those who were hoping for a more faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, and those getting sick of Hollywood’s obsession with putting everything through the PC meat grinder. As we learned last year, Robert Zemeckis is set to direct a new adaptation of The Witches, first filmed very well by the late Nicolas Roeg back in 1990, with both Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron on board to produce.
Late last year there was talk that Anne Hathaway had been offered a role, but perhaps more importantly, there were rumours that the setting was being relocated to Alabama during 1969, that the male lead [unlikely to be named Luke] and his grandmother would be played by African-American actors, and that his pet mouse Daisy will now be a girl that had been previously turned into a mouse by a Witch.
Well, French film outlet ‘Allocine’ has been able to speak with the director and he pretty much confirmed these details, if more vaguely.
“Yeah, we’re gonna set in the Goth South in the 1960s. That’s an exciting way to put a sociological spin on this traditional witch story”.
Seriously? Can someone tell me what this racial angle got to do with Dahl’s wicked little British/Norwegian fairytale?