Robert Zemeckis’ THE WITCHES with Anne Hathaway Rated PG for Scary Images & More
Director Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming adaptation of author Roald Dahl’s The Witches with Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock, and Jahzir Kadeem Bruno will be released sometime in 2021.
And today we learned that the MPAA has slapped the film with a PG for “scary images/moments, language, and thematic elements.”
Written by Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Guillermo del Toro, and Kenya Barris it is the second feature length adaptation of the novel, following the 1990 film of the same name.
It stars Anne Hathaway as The Grand High Witch with Jahzir Kadeem Bruno as The Boy, Octavia Spencer as The Grandmother, and Stanley Tucci as Mr. Stringer. Chris Rock’s role is unknown at the time.
The film was previously scheduled to be released on October 16, 2020. Warner Bros. Pictures will unleash the film sometime in 2021.
The original film began when young Luke inadvertently spies on a convention of witches while staying at a hotel in England with his grandmother, Helga. The Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston) reveals a plan to turn all children into mice through a magical formula. When they find that Luke has overheard, the witches test the formula on him. Now, with the help of Helga and the hotel manager, Mr. Stringer (Rowan Atkinson), Luke the mouse must fight back against the witches.
The film sports a 97% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: With a deliciously wicked performance from Angelica Huston and imaginative puppetry by Jim Henson’s creature shop, Nicolas Roeg’s dark and witty movie captures the spirit of Roald Dahl’s writing like few other adaptations.