The latest adaptation of The Witches has found its director.

Robert Zemeckis is reportedly in final negotiations to direct the movie, which is based on the classic Roald Dahl book of the same name. According to Variety, Zemeckis will write the script, while Jack Rapke will produce the movie (through ImageMovers), along with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro.

Based on the 1973 children’s story, The Witches tells the tale of a young boy and his grandma, who stumble across a coven of witches while on holiday in Bournemouth. The book has previously been adapted for film by director Nicolas Roeg, with Anjelica Huston, Jane Horrocks and Rowan Atkinson amongst the cast.

Thoughts on Zemeckis taking on this project?

Seems a good choice, right?

Zemeckis has a great back catalogue, with films such as the Back to the Future trilogy (1985-1990), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Romancing the Stone (1984) and Forrest Gump (1994), plus he can do creepy/scary, as witnessed in What Lies Beneath (2000) and Death Becomes Her (1992). Let’s see what he can do with The Witches.