Variety reported, Octavia Spencer is currently in negotiations to join Anne Hathaway in “The Withes.”
Robert Zemeckis will direct from his own script with Kenya Barris (Black-ish) in talks to co-write. Jahzir Bruno and Codie-Lei Eastick are also in talks to join.
Spencer is set to play the grandmother of Bruno’s character.
You can read the premise of the novel below:
Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a 7-year-old boy (Bruno) who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Anjelica Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while Huston’s version was a loose adaptation.
The Witches is based on a 1983 novel by Roald Dahl.