HBO Max’s ‘The Witches’ Remake Is Arriving Just in Time for Halloween

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HBO Max’s latest announcement is giving us major nostalgia for the days when meeting an Oompa Loompa IRL and owning our own chocolate factory seemed like an achievable five-year plan.

The streaming platform just revealed that the remake of The Witches will premiere on October 22, just in time for Halloween. (The adaptation was supposed to premiere later this month, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.)

The movie is based on Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book, which was originally published in 1973. The story follows a young boy, who accidentally stumbles upon a coven of witches. He teams up with his grandmother to try and stop the witches before they cast an evil spell on all children.

Based on the new trailer, we can confirm The Witches features an all-star cast, including Anne Hathaway (Grand High Witch), Octavia Spencer (Grandmother) and Stanley Tucci (Mr. Stringer).

The upcoming movie was directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future). He also penned the screenplay, alongside Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) and Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Girls Trip).

Although it’s based on the namesake novel, it’s important to point out that The Witches was previously adapted for the big screen back in 1990. The movie was majorly successful (how could we forget Anjelica Huston’s prosthetic nose?)—however, writers changed the story’s ending, and Dahl wasn’t happy about it.

Will Zemeckis make the same mistake choice? Guess we’ll have to tune into HBO Max later this month to find out.

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