Roald Dahl’s 1983 novel will receive a cinematic adaptation once again, with Anne Hathaway already on board.

Roald Dahl is one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time and has written so many wonderful classics. While best known for 1964’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he has given readers numerous wacky worlds to explore, one of which concerns witchcraft. The writer’s work has often been adapted to the big screen, and this was certainly the case for The Witches, which spawned a 1990 film.

The film – of the same name – was directed by Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, Don’t Look Now), and told the tale of a young boy who discovers the existence of witches. It’s considered one of the most frightening family films of the nineties and starred the likes of Rowan Atkinson, Mai Zetterling, and of course, Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, who is now to be played by Anne Hathaway. 

Hathaway is a terrific actress, shining in such films as Les Misérables, The Dark Knight Rises, Brokeback Mountain, Colossal and Interstellar. It’s definitely a wise casting choice, and she’ll surely bring a lot of talent to the demanding role. Although currently the only confirmed cast member, we hope that the film will boast an impressive ensemble.

The Witches will be directed by Robert Zemeckis, the director of such classic family films as Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and of course, Forrest Gump. He has just released his latest film Welcome to Marwen, which stars Steve Carell and looks exceedingly imaginative. We can expect the filmmaker to approach this fantasy horror project with the same level of creativity he has long showcased. In other adaptation news, check out these plans for Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame live-action remake.