The adaptation, helmed by Robert Zemeckis, is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. Further reports, Variety adds, indicate that Black-ish creator Kenya Barris will co-write the script with Zemeckis. Newcomers Jahzir Bruno and Codie-Lei Eastick are also in negotiations to join the cast.
While a previous adaptation starring Anjelica Huston was released in 1990, this film will pull from the novel more heavily, according to reports. The novel tells the story of a young boy (Bruno) and his grandmother (Spencer) as they battle real-life witches, led by the Grand High Witch (Hathaway).
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