Director Guillermo del Toro recently announced that he has plans to adapt the novel “The Witches” by Roald Dahl for the big screen. The novel was originally published in London in 1983.
I think it’s the best screenplay I’ve ever written in any form,” he said in an interview. “I adore that project, and it met with the approval of Dahl’s widow, who loved it and felt it was completely respectful of the book, but it’s not moving at all.”
The film would be done in stop-motion animation, according to ShockTillYouDrop.com. The book was previously made into a movie in 1990 starting Anjelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson but was live action as opposed to this reincarnation which will be stop-motion.
To find out more about The Witches, read the plot summary below:
This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! “In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch.” Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat-magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him.” -GoodReads.com
Del Toro is also considering directing Trollhunters, and animated film for Dreamworks, based on a novel he co-penned with Daniel Kraus.
Del Toro told Variety he has “given up” guessing what he’ll do next, and working on a slew of other films, including Pinocchio and a Romeo and Juliet-style film set against the backdrop of Mexico’s Day of the Dead. His new projects including his work on developing numerous animated kids films, in addition to working on his next feature film Pacific Rim.
Del Toro most recently worked on kid-friendly films Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda 2.
The director said he will get around to helming an animated film himself some day, and that it’s just a matter of timing.