Cuaron & del Toro to Do Dahl's "Witches"

by | May 18, 2006 | Comments

Two of Mexico’s most excellent filmmakers, Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro, are planning to get together and mount a new cinematic adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s "The Witches," which was last made into a movie by Nicolas Roeg in 1989. (The one with Anjelica Huston!)

Says Variety: "Del Toro is set to direct from his screenplay; Cuaron … will produce through his New York-based shingle Esperanto. Del Toro said his "Witches" adaptation would be "quite smaller but most likely very much designed," alluding to the eye-popping look of the previous pics. He has written 70-plus of what he expects will be a 100-page screenplay. For Del Toro, "The Roeg film is a brilliant movie but certain aspects are a departure from Dahl’s original … Dahl had the brilliance of writing children’s stories which shocked adults."

Films based on Dahl’s works include "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Matilda," and "James and the Giant Peach."

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