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.