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Del Toro on The Witches Remake

Update on the long spoken of project

By Robert T. Trate     October 17, 2013
Source: ScreenRant (via Rolling Stone)

It seems there is no rest for Guillermo del Toro. While promoting the release of Pacific Rim on Blu-ray, Rolling Stone magazine was quick to ask him about one the his dream projects that has long been in development hell. The project in question is del Toro’s own adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book “The Witches”. The project was originally done by the Jim Henson Company in 1990, but del Toro wants his won. Here is what he told Rolling Stone Magazine: 

“The Witches is at Warner Bros., and every time I can, I bring it up. Every time they say that they’re interested and then nothing happens. I can tell you that [Felicity] “Liccy” Dahl read the screenplay and, when I went to see her at Gypsy House, she said, “I honestly think it’s the best adaptation of Roald Dahl’s books ever.” I spent about two years adapting the screenplay. If anyone says to me, “You have to shoot the movie in the most difficult circumstances as you can, but you’ll get to do it,” I would do it. I think Roald Dahl had the rarest combination of talking to kids about complex emotions and he was able to show you that the world of kids was sophisticated, complex and had a lot more darkness than adults ever want to remember”.

Originally, Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón was attached to produce the children's book. Perhaps with their mutual clout the project will finally get underway.  

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horcruxx 10/17/2013 9:27:39 AM

 It would be cool to see Del Toros take on this one, I hope Del Toro has plans to make HEll Boy 3 and give closure to the story of the profecy of Hell Boy ending the earth.

DarthBob 10/17/2013 10:03:58 AM

"And what do you burn, apart from witches?"

"More witches"

thezillaman 10/17/2013 11:37:18 AM

 horcruxx, right that would be nice Hellboy 3 to see how it ends..

Wiseguy 10/17/2013 2:15:36 PM

I like GDT but apparently he always bites off more than he can chew, literally and figuratively . Stick to one plate at a time before moving on to the next

Wiseguy 10/17/2013 2:17:09 PM

Only way HB3 gets made is in comic book format....maybe animation.

NoPatch 10/17/2013 2:19:19 PM

 I just laugh wondering the parents reaction to a movie based on a book that has been pulled from more school libraries than i can count.

thezillaman 10/17/2013 2:54:44 PM

 wise, noooooo don't say that HB3 needs to be made in to a movie to close it up it's only fair....

thezillaman 10/17/2013 3:29:56 PM

 wise, noooooo don't say that HB3 needs to be made in to a movie to close it up it's only fair....

ddiaz28 10/18/2013 7:27:43 AM

I loved that movie as a kid.  When the witches take off their normal human faces to show their real selves always freaked me the hell out.  Especially the main witch.  Damn was she ugly.  I can't wait to see what GDT would do with the make up for the witches.

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