Zemeckis’ ‘This Witches’ heads on HBO Max to Halloween

Warner Bros. said Friday that”The Witches” will debut on the subscription streaming service, owned by parent firm WarnerMedia, on Oct. 22.

The dark dream starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Kristin Chenoweth was initially intended as a theatrical release, but just like most others was unset as a result of consequences of COVID-19 on film theaters.

Dahl’s 1983 book about an orphaned boy who finds a coven of witches who despise kids was adapted for the big screen in 1990 by director Nicolas Roeg. It starred Angelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, and Rowan Atkinson and has been a box office flop, despite its critical acclaim.

This brand new variant has celebrity Jahzir Bruno playing with the boy who has to attempt to stop the witches out of turning the world’s children into mice. Chris Rock supplies his mature narration.