HBO Max to debut ‘The Witches’ remake


Halloween came early! Robert Zemeckis’ remake of The Witches starring Anne Hathaway is landing its debut on HBO Max.

The Witches is based on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel about a young boy who, while staying with his grandmother at a hotel, happens upon a gathering of witches led by the Grand High Witch (Hathaway). With the help of his grandmother, he attempts to thwart their evil plot of turning the world’s children into mice.

The upcoming version stars newcomer Jahzir Kadeem Bruno, along with Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock and Kristin Chenoweth.

The Witches was originally scheduled to open in theaters on Oct. 9, but like every movie set to release this year, its premiere was delayed due to the pandemic.

Though it’s theatrical release will be in the U.S., the film will also play in international cinemas starting Oct. 28.

The Witches is a wonderful reimagining of Roald Dahl’s classic tale that combines world-class filmmaking with fantastic performances,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “It’s fun for the whole family and ideal for this time of year.” Watch The Witches Trailer here:

ALSO READ: Halloween comes to HBO Max

“This film, with its stellar cast, is outstanding,” said Casey Bloys, chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max. “We are thrilled to be able to use our platform to deliver timely, relevant and engaging new content during this time when the theatrical experience is not available to everyone.”

Zemeckis, whose credits include beloved classics like Forrest Gump and Back to the Future, directed The Witches. He also wrote the screenplay with Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris.

The story was first adapted for the big screen in 1990 with a cast that included Angelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson. That version, directed by Nicolas Roeg, was a financial failure but later gained a cult following.

SUBSCRIBE: Sign up for our FREE e-lert here.  Stay on top of the latest national advertising, film, TV, entertainment and production news!

The Warner Bros. dark fantasy comedy will release on the subscription streaming service, owned by parent company WarnerMedia, on Oct. 22.

SOURCE: Warner Media Group