Robert Zemeckis’ remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches is heading to straight to streaming next month. Starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Kristen Chenoweth, and Stanley Tucci, the adaptation of Dahl’s beloved 1973 children’s story of the same name was originally scheduled for released this month, but Warner Bros have announced the film will go straight to HBO Max in the US on October 22.
“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 co-wrote the script with Kenya Barris and Guillermo del Toro. Warner Bros’ official logline for the film reads: “Robert Zemeckis’s visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans.”
The film is still expected to hit UK cinemas in the coming months, but no release date has yet been confirmed.
Check out the first trailer below.