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Guillermo and Alfonso tackling Roald Dahl's THE WITCHES!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a bit of interesting news. I remember reading Roald Dahl's THE WITCHES in Elementary School and watching the Nicolas Roeg film afterwards. I've got quite a soft spot for that flick. Angelica Huston was creepy as all hell. I also don't remember the movie being radically different from the book apart from the happier ending, but I do admit my memory of the book is fairly hazy at this point.

It was announced today that Guillermo del Toro is adapting Roald Dahl's book, THE WITCHES, for Warner Bros. with an eye to direct. He's teaming up with Alfonso Cuaron, who will produce the flick. Like I said above, I'm still a fan of the original attempt at a movie, but the idea of seeing that story done through the warped lens of del Toro makes me smile. Who should play the Grand High Witch? No one is jumping immediately to mind... I keep thinking of Huston... Whoever it is will have some might big, square-toed shoes to fill. What do you folks think?

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  • May 18, 2006, 2:45 a.m. CST

    What the hell?

    by Lenny Nero

    The other one is only 16 years old! Why not go for some Dahl we HAVEN'T seen? And I have good memories of that film when I was young. Rowan Atkinson, Jane Horrocks, etc. But maybe this one won't have that bullshit changed ending. Still, this is fucked, in a sense, and I LOVE Del Toro. In addition, I used to live with his chiropractor. (NAME DROP!)

  • May 18, 2006, 2:45 a.m. CST


    by chucks888

    pretty cool

  • May 18, 2006, 2:46 a.m. CST


    by washisdead

    remakes are getting old! c'mon!

  • May 18, 2006, 2:53 a.m. CST

    How about a live action "BFG."

    by Lenny Nero

    Or even "Boy"? Guillermo, you've got a lot of 'splaining to do...

  • May 18, 2006, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Guillermo AND Alonfso? Dreams DO come true!

    by Ribbons

    Actually I find myself surprisingly indifferent to this project. However, I'm a fan of del Toro's, and even though 16 years seems like an awfully short gestation period for a remake, I'd read somewhere that he really wanted to make this film, so I wish him the best. Hopefully he cranks another winner out of that fevered brain of his.

  • May 18, 2006, 2:59 a.m. CST


    by Ben Hawkins

    This doesn't need a remake even if it is Del Toro. The old movie is good, I used to watch it all the time as a kid.

  • May 18, 2006, 3:05 a.m. CST

    "I used to watch this as a kid!"....yep, I now feel old

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    Very....very old! I thought the film only came out like 9 year ago!!!! 16 years!?!?!?!? Oy!!!

  • May 18, 2006, 3:05 a.m. CST

    I didn't like the old movie

    by Plum

    'The Witches' scared the crap out of me as a kid, and since the movie completely failed to do so I never liked it very much. And I was very easily frightened. Also, the changed ending felt like a cop-out. So bring on the new adaptation. And for the love of god don't call it a remake unless it's based on the first movie; it's not the same thing.

  • May 18, 2006, 3:06 a.m. CST

    "Don't call it a remake"

    by Ribbons

    Fine: adaptation 2.0

  • May 18, 2006, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Cate Blanchett!

    by Rowley Birkin QC

    Come on, Tilda Swinton was the White Witch, so let Cate have this one.

  • May 18, 2006, 3:17 a.m. CST

    here goes Jodie Foster's intellectual integrity: FLUSH!

    by Son of Batman

  • May 18, 2006, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Son of Batman, hush now.

    by Lenny Nero

    Dem's good lyrics, biotch. (heheheh...)

  • May 18, 2006, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Why not make "THE TWITS"?

    by Johnny Wishbone

  • May 18, 2006, 3:57 a.m. CST

    I (somewhat relunctanly) must second the "booo!"

    by Rearden

    As interesting as this prospect sounds, I cannot help but feel that this is a bit of a slap in the face to the other Witches film, of which I am a very big fan. It will be almost impossible to beat the grand-high-witch-combo of Huston's performance coupled with that killer makeup.

  • May 18, 2006, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Because, apparently, "The Twits" has been adapted...

    by Lenny Nero John Cleese. Or so I hear. Maybe it's in development hell. Either way, I remember the book being around 100 pages.

  • May 18, 2006, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Too Soon

    by Orionsangels


  • May 18, 2006, 4:29 a.m. CST


    by Sepulchrave

    The original film, minus it's ignorable happy ending, was great; Mai Zetterling was a fantastic Grandmother, Bruno and his dad were great and the witches generaly were perfect, particularly the one with the snake who comes after the boy when he's up the tree. Anjelica Huston was BRILLIANT, and the Henson makeup was terrifying if you were a little kid. WHY? It might be the best of the Dahl adaptations. I'd be happier if Cuaron directed; his Harry Potter is starting to look like it might be the only unalloyed artistic success of the entire francise. PS: You can't do the BFG; it's horrible; the child-eating is incredibly explicit and it's a grovelling love letter to Queen Elizabeth II. I loved George's Marvelous Medicine, but it's basically a manual about poisoning nasty old ladies; Danny was finely filmed, James and the Giant Peach might stand a full live-action, but not for a while. The Twits is another misanthropic story about hating ugly recluses. I'd like to see a Great Glass Elevator with the full Cold-War paranoia done like Dr Stangelove. You could do a marvellous war on terror satire without mucking around with crappy updating; just surround the US president with blustering fearmongers. The Knids are so literally amorphous that they could apply to any kind of fear, from Commie to Al Qaeda.

  • May 18, 2006, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Go Oilers!

    by all

    Yes, mmm...go oilers, then.

  • May 18, 2006, 4:51 a.m. CST

    "Cate Blanchett!"

    by DOGSOUP

    Second that.

  • May 18, 2006, 5:10 a.m. CST

    No no no...please...NO.

    by Anna Valerious

    Didn't want to see it the first time, don't want to see it this time.

  • May 18, 2006, 5:48 a.m. CST

    I have to agree...

    by NubtheSquirrel

    The Witches has already been done. They should do the Twits and the BFG first as they have never been done. I have to say though, the Witches by Del Toro sounds intriguing. Wasn't he doing Hellboy 2 first through?

  • May 18, 2006, 5:53 a.m. CST

    What Does Cuaron Have Against British Novels?

    by CRanapia

    So, when Cuaron has finished screwing up this and P.D. James' 'The Children of Men' (which sounds like it's been thoroughly dumbed down into a craptastic point-and-shoot) what other classics of Brit-Lit would he like to urinate on? And as for Del Toro - please leave the hackwork remakes to the hacks! I'd like to see his "warped lens" focused on Hellboy 2 or an original project.

  • May 18, 2006, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Fucking waste of time and talent

    by godoffireinhell

    Well maybe so long as GDT doesn't actually direct it I'll be fine with that and can just ignore the flick. But if pisses away a year or more of his time to do this film instead of making a movie the world really needs to see like MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS or LIST OF 7 or MEPHISTO'S BRIDGE (SPANKY) he will become significantly less cool in my opinion. I'm sure he cares about that. But it seems GDT has a creppy itention to film some children's book. Remember that he was trying to WIND IN THE WILLOWS at Di$ney some time ago but they passed at his script. Hopefully the same will happen with this and Warners.

  • May 18, 2006, 6:17 a.m. CST

    some casting thoughts..

    by HolyCalamity

    sigourney weaver, miranda richardson, uma thurman or julianne moore...what do ya think??

  • May 18, 2006, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Even as a kid (spoiler)

    by board shitlez

    I thought the end of the book was totally horrible. the boy opted for life as a mouse so that he would die before his gran, and not face the pain of losing someone. Maybe I was too young to enjoy anything other than a clear cut win, but the gran's acceptance of it and his decision was creeeeeeeepy.

  • May 18, 2006, 6:47 a.m. CST

    I think...

    by Halloween68

    He needs to make HELLBOY 2 and MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS first.

  • May 18, 2006, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Bryan Singer is Gay


    And it's important that we talk about that in every talkback, if at all possible.

  • May 18, 2006, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Why bother?

    by kuryakin

    It's true the ending of the film was shitty. The book had a hard but touching ending. Board Shitlez, he didn't choose to stay a mouse - he had no choice in it. Just like his old granny had no choice in getting old and dying. The one thing Roald Dahl never did was cop out - that's fucking why kids loved and continue to love his books. But apart from that it was a fine adaptation. As with just about every news item on this site, it's a remake I don't see the point of. And also - best adaptation of a Roald Dahl book I think was DeVito's Matilda. Kept the darkness and the humour.

  • May 18, 2006, 7:15 a.m. CST


    by Monkey Butler

    Where did you hear about Children of Men being "dumbed down"? It'd be a shame if it were, because James created a great sense of ennui and despair, although I'd hardly call it a classic; The whole pagan Omega thing versus the rediscovery of God was a bit too obvious.

  • May 18, 2006, 7:26 a.m. CST


    by AmirReza

    This film scared the shit out of me as a kid. I hope they don't overuse CGI, since that make-up was damn scary (Guillermo seems to use a good combination of the two FX in Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth).

  • May 18, 2006, 7:29 a.m. CST

    There is no need for that.

    by Shaz_bot80

    The original film was good enough, even with the happy ending (which I hated, by the way. It's just not the way Dahl writes his books.)

  • May 18, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    this film does not need to be remade!

    by misnomer

    the original was great....

  • May 18, 2006, 7:37 a.m. CST

    and it looks like everyone feels the same...

    by misnomer

    fuck hollywood-give us a decent alien predator movie you bastards!

  • May 18, 2006, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Singer is NOT gay

    by ECUPirate71

    just a little curious. There is a difference, right?

  • May 18, 2006, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Some of you have a suspicious obsession with gay people

    by CuervoJones

    Calling Dr. Freud!

  • May 18, 2006, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Bryan Singer is not "gay"

    by misnomer

    hes a SWEETHEART! awww snuggles with marshmallows on top....

  • May 18, 2006, 8:36 a.m. CST

    I'm not one of these remake-haters, but....

    by Terry_1978

    The cardinal rule is usually no movies are remade within about twenty or so years after the first has been released. Witches was released back in the mid 80's when I was in grade school, and while the people involved have talent, I feel old as hell now.

  • May 18, 2006, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Just because Singer is slim and neat...

    by brycemonkey

    Still doesn't mean we need a new Witches flick. I'm interested but it's a Heat/LA Takedown sorta thingy...

  • May 18, 2006, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Foreign films get remade

    by godoffireinhell

    when they are just a few months or at best 2-3 years old all the time. Get over yourselves, you silly Americans! Your movies are NOT sacrosanct!

  • May 18, 2006, 9:15 a.m. CST

    forget this, bring on Hellboy 2

    by Demosthenes2

    Regardless of it being too soon for another go at the book, I'm perfectly satisfied with the original film and have no desire to see another version of it. This comment is a pretty easy target for flack, but in a film as opposed to a book, I understand that young kids need a happier ending as a film may feel too real that a non-happy ending in a film can be more traumatizing than in a book. Besides, if the only legitimate fault people can come up with for the original is the last few minutes, that hardly necessitates another go-around. Del Toro has his plate full anyway.

  • May 18, 2006, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Bryan Singer is Curious


    Which is probably why Superman Returns could be called "Metrosexual Man". And, uh, wasn't THE WITCHES already remade with Nicole Kidman and Will Farrell, and didn't it suck so hard Bryan Singer wanted a piece of that action? That's what I heard.

  • May 18, 2006, 9:38 a.m. CST

    No one gets Roald Dahl right

    by beefywhore

    They always fuck up the end of the stories. That being said How about a live action BFG is right... I'd also like to see Henry Sugar, The Swan, or The Twits. And Natasha Henstridge could be Grand High Witch if she could pull off a thick German accent.

  • May 18, 2006, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Hellboy 2 Has Been Dropped By Sony

    by Johnny Storm

    And "Killing on Carnival Row" is in development hell. Come on, AICN. At least PRETEND to be objective when it comes to your close friends.

  • May 18, 2006, 10:24 a.m. CST


    by Vizzini

    Am I the only one who dislikes all of Del Toro's films? I just find them plain stupid and not enjoyable in the slightest. Alfonso Cuar

  • May 18, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST

    del Toro

    by Doctor_Sin

    Will there be tentacled, goat-headed nameless entities whose mere sight will usher in madness and chaos for all onlookers?

  • May 18, 2006, 10:35 a.m. CST

    This is POINTLESS!!!!

    by performingmonkey

    If the movie was shit then FINE have another go at an adaptation, but The Witches is a perfect movie! It's one of those that's great for kids AND adults due to some multi-layered humour and tongue-in-cheek, and it's definitely scary for kids. The cast is perfect, the way it's shot is perfect. Anjelica Houston as the Grand High Witch is excellent. They won't better that casting. So the question is WHY???? Like someone else said, they should be doing a live-action version of the BFG or another Dahl book instead of this. And if Cuaron isn't directing then you can count me out. I'd actually like to see a Gilliam BFG, but like that's ever going to happen (you never know...). Cuaron should return for Harry Potter.

  • May 18, 2006, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Tilda Swinton

    by busby

    That's who should play the fucking high witch!

  • May 18, 2006, 11:02 a.m. CST

    The Witches has already been remade...

    by Mgmax every frickin' Harry Potter movie.

  • May 18, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    The original is COMPLETELY brilliant...

    by ScarranHalfBreed

    ...but I'd love to see what the fat lad can do with this.

  • May 18, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by Mister Man

  • May 18, 2006, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Yeah, i loved the movie too.

    by CurryIce

    And it was good as it still is i think, and i really don't see the point adapting this again and even so soon. I'd like to see Del Toro and Cuaron doing something else but who knows how "fucking great" their version of The Witches will look like...

  • May 18, 2006, 11:26 a.m. CST

    There were Oz movies before the Wizard of Oz

    by Big Bad Clone

    I've never seen them. Perhaps that aren't that memorable. In any case, just because a work has been adapted doesn't mean it can't be done again. Look at the last Pride and Prejudice. Or the 80's Blob remake. Or Bogart's Maltese falcon (the third attempt at that film). Or perhaps you can all go to a stage production of The Music Man and say "Ripoff!"

  • May 18, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Did someone say Singer?

    by UltimaRex

    Well then, I suppose I have to say SR will rock. Ready? Here it comes... SR WILL ROCK!!! WOO WOO!!! Bow down AND OPEN UP FOR DADDY!!! Ahem, sorry about that but Singer was mentioned...

  • May 18, 2006, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Good if only because...

    by woemcats

    It means it's more likely WB will re-release the original on DVD in widescreen. I always thought it was a fairly faithful adaptation, save the ending, with great effects. Though I never got why they changed that you can tell a witch by the shoes, because they never wear pointy shoes because of their lack of toes... in the movie, they say they had to wedge their feet into the strange shoes, which mean you'd only be able to tell if they had no shoes, which... not so much a clue, then, is it? But anyway.

  • May 18, 2006, 11:50 a.m. CST

    And now for something on topic...

    by UltimaRex

    If anyone here knows del Toro, shove a copy of Fantastic Mr Fox into his hands...

  • May 18, 2006, 12:37 p.m. CST

    GDT and "Fantastic Mr. Fox"?

    by Ribbons

    Somehow I don't think his sensibilities align with that story. I'd heard a rumor almost a year ago that Wes Anderson and Henry Selick wanted to collaborate on a Fantastic Mr. Fox movie, actually, but as more and more time passes it looks as if that was just hot air.

  • May 18, 2006, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Anything that keeps Cuaron away from doing another...

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    ...Harry Potter film is fine by me. It doesn't matter if he screws this film up since we'll always have the original to fall back upon.

  • May 18, 2006, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Hmm... could be interesting.

    by a goonie

    But I'm in the same boat as Quint. I was a fan of the original movie when I was a kid and really can't picture anyone but Angelica Huston in the big witch role. And it's been forever since I've read any of Dahl's books, so they've all morphed into a strange blur at this point. At this point, while I feel that Del Toro and Cuaron are very talented guys, I keep thinking of Burton's version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. On paper, it's quite similar to what's going on here. Relatively unnecessary film adaptation of a Dahl novel that was already turned into a decent flick. Burton's film had promise (what with Depp in the Wonka role), but the movie ended up being a flashy, headache-inducing piece of crap. So at this point, colour me skeptical.

  • May 18, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Hellboy 2's Status

    by Karl Childers

    According to Variety, Sony/Revolution has dropped HB2 and it's being shopped around to other studios. Not a good omen.

  • May 18, 2006, 12:50 p.m. CST

    THE TWITS!!!

    by TheMinorityVote


  • May 18, 2006, 12:52 p.m. CST

    How about Alfonso directs, and Guillermo produces...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Hellboy was sadly subpar and not in the good golf kind of way.

  • May 18, 2006, 1 p.m. CST

    HELLBOY 2!!!!!!!!!

    by JulesLogan

    Drop this nonsense and do HELLBOY 2. The sequel will be much better. Some major studio HAS to pick it up...(I work in the entertainment industry and know this is wishful thinking, but I have an opinion that NEEDS to be heard)

  • May 18, 2006, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by JulesLogan


  • May 18, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    What's next? A remake of Harry Potter?

    by TregsHimself

    What the hell- Doesn't Hollywood come up with anything original anymore? they tried this movie once and it blew-some things should just be left as reading material.

  • May 18, 2006, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by DannyOcean01

    Fucking retards...How many years ago was the film made....and by Roeg no less. Jesus Christ Del Toro, why don't you beg for Blade 4 you hack. At least it might mean we won't be blinded by Hellboy 2 for a little while longer.

  • May 18, 2006, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Fuck Hellboy 2.

    by zerogundamx

    The first one is completely forgettable.

  • May 18, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Dame Judi Dench as the Grand High Witch!

    by MrMxyzptlk

    Judi Dench would bring the gravitas and Shakespeaean acting chops of Ian McKellen to this role! Second choice: Helen Mirren.

  • May 18, 2006, 1:50 p.m. CST

    I'm indifferent but would watch if Cuaron directed

    by Foxxed

    I've never read the book before or scene the original movie..(I know, how could I?) It does seem a little soon to be cming out with another adaptation. I mean...look at the recent adaptation of Pride & Prejudice...yikes! It was not nearly as good as it could've been. I blame that director, the actors, and wardrobe and hair department...but mostly the director. I mean..yeah TV is not the same as Movies...but the last adaption of that was 1995 BBC version which was infinitely better than the new version. I do hope they do a good job of it though, as I'm a sucker for children's movies.

  • May 18, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I believe Wes Anderson IS directing Fantastic Mr. Fox.

    by Nice Marmot

    To whoever brought it up.

  • May 18, 2006, 2:04 p.m. CST

    I'm with MrMxyzptlk

    by Judas_Noose

    DAME JUDI DENCH as the Grand High Witch! ... Definitely - I'd so do her, and this is coming from a fag, so ... go figure.

  • May 18, 2006, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Well, if you think YOU feel old ..

    by Judas_Noose

    Try being the Earth ... she's a few billion (Yes, that was a Carl Sagan BILLION) years old ... you're just a drop in the bucket, dude. I remember making an effort to watch The Witches every time it was scheduled to air, and I'm only just 24 since a few weeks ago ... I don't feel old.

  • May 18, 2006, 2:14 p.m. CST

    oh yes yes!! Ghostbusters 3 in hell is gonna happen?!

    by misnomer

  • May 18, 2006, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by flamingrunt

    I thought he couldnt do Halo because of Hellboy 2? Now thats been dropped then surely this will be his next film?

  • May 18, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    misnomer that sounds good

    by busby

    come one wheres the talkback about that one then Quint?

  • May 18, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST

    does sound promising doesnt it..

    by misnomer'd be a shame to lose murray though. the script sounds better than GB2 thats for sure....

  • May 18, 2006, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Count me excited about this Ghostbusters 3 thing, too.

    by a goonie

    Haven't seen either Ghostbusters movie in quite a while (in fact, haven't seen no. 2 since it was in theaters), but this no. 3 sounds like it could be a load of fun. I'll be sorely disappointed if Murray doesn't show up, though. He was the heart and soul of the first flick (and probably was of the second flick, too, but all I remember was the Statue of Liberty and a lot of pink slime).

  • May 18, 2006, 3:16 p.m. CST


    by crackerfarmboy

  • May 18, 2006, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Nic Roeg is a genius. Why fuck with the original?

    by beamish13

    Dahl has so many great novels and stories that have yet to be adapted for the screen. Why the hell can't they tackle one of those?

  • May 18, 2006, 3:33 p.m. CST

    re: THE BFG

    by beamish13

    Terry Jones came close to making a film of it several years back. I wonder what happened...

  • May 18, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST

    re: Mgmax

    by beamish13

    correction-the HARRY POTTER films are a remake of YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES

  • May 18, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    by gobofraggleuk

    I think a strong-looking middle-aged actress like an Angela Bassett, or even someone like an Edie Falco, would make a great Grand High Witch. Judi Dench would be totally wrong on so many levels. She'd be more suited to being the main character's grandmother (which is also an important role).

  • May 18, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    GB3 has alot of history

    by misnomer

    if youre interested that is! :) theres lots of more in-depth stuff about it *even on this site* and all over the inter-web. you wont find it hard to come across a script review. *which was fairly negative-although it sounds as if ramis has his eye on keeping the orignals this time and not a younger team* I quite liked how murray jokingly said he'd only do it if peter was a ghost...thatd be actually be quite cool though...I wonder how theyd handle ramis weightier egon...theres comedy right there!

  • May 18, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST

    I haven't read the story

    by the beef

    So I'm basing the casting of the grand high witch off of the look and performance of Angelica Huston. Basing it from that actress and acting style i would definitely second Helen Mirren for the role, whoever brought that up. I would also like to add Patricia Clarkson, and maybe even Geena Davis to that list.

  • May 18, 2006, 4:06 p.m. CST

    For the couple people who hate Cuaron

    by Lovecraftfan

    on the board I ahve to wonder why. A Little Princess and his Harry Potter film were great. So it wasnt exactly like the book who cares it was still great. And for those already complaining about Children Of Men I have to wonder considering theres really no reason to think Cuaron would screw that up since hes a great director.

  • May 18, 2006, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Oh crap guys

    by QuinnTheEskimo

    "According to a report by Christopher Isham at ABC News' The Blotter, Oscar winner Sean Penn will star in Columbia's Against All Enemies for Oscar-winning writer-director Paul Haggis. John Calley will produce the film." - IGN FUCK!

  • May 18, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST

    wait a minute...

    by zombieslayer

    so he's not doing Halo now?

  • May 18, 2006, 5:24 p.m. CST

    No way.

    by CoursinLarry

    The original movie I saw in the theaters and it scared me shitless. I literally ran from the theater when Bruno was changed into a mouse. For the next three or four months, I would wake up in the middle of the night, turn every light on in the house, and watch cartoons until school. I was in first grade at the time. But even today, when I saw the link to this article, my heart started beating faster.

  • May 18, 2006, 6 p.m. CST

    The Movie that Killed Jim Henson

    by Jadeh

    That's all I'll remember the original Witches as.

  • May 18, 2006, 7:19 p.m. CST


    by UncleEthan

    I'm just curious....if Singer is a homosexual...WHY DOES IT FUCKING MATTER?!!!! Seriously.

  • May 18, 2006, 7:47 p.m. CST


    by spindude

    Charlie and MJ was crap and this will be too.

  • May 18, 2006, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Monkey Butler

    by CRanapia

    Well, the plot summary doing the rounds (which I assume is official) sounds pretty ghastly - <i>In 2027, in a chaotic world in which man can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where her child&#39;s birth may help scientists save the future of mankind.</i> I&#39;m probably going to see it, because the cast is good. (If Chiwetel Ejiofor sucks in this, I&#39;ll just say there&#39;s a first time for everything. He shone in films as different as Kinky Boots, Pretty Dirty Things, and Serenity - and that takes real talent.) I attended a reading where P.D. James said this is the least popular of her books, and she doesn&#39;t think it&#39;s a coincidence that it&#39;s also one where her political, social and religious opinions are most explicit. It&#39;s also a rather melancholy story, without the kind of happy upbeat ending our culture demands. Everyone else: I don&#39;t know whether Singer is gay or not, and care even less. I&#39;ve never fucked the bitch and he&#39;s not my type anyway. :) Amd do you mean to tell mere there are queers in Homo-wood. I&#39;m shocked!

  • May 18, 2006, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah...

    by spindude

    I heard Singer is gay btw. Crazy.

  • May 18, 2006, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Ghostbusters 3 is dead...

    by Be like water a dog. This "report" is not "news", it&#39;s the same stuff we&#39;ve been hearing from Ramis and Aykroyd for six or seven YEARS. He&#39;s trying to drum up interest from Stiller or 80s nostalgiasts because his career is simply not what it used to be. Can&#39;t be helped. Not criticizing the guy, it just is what it is. Yeah, I&#39;d like to see it to, but where in that article does it say that this film is "heading into production"?!

  • May 18, 2006, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Then again, if "Son of the Mask" can happen...

    by Be like water

    ...I suppose ANYTHING is possible...

  • May 18, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    Only if...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    It&#39;s in another language and gets an &#39;R.&#39; Otherwise these guys will produce a stinking turd of an adaptation.

  • May 18, 2006, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Huston again, that would be a trip

    by future help

    yeah...and make sure you check out Roeg&#39;s Don&#39;t Look Now.

  • May 18, 2006, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by Monkey Butler

    Yeah, that does sound a bit shit, but maybe the summary (unless it IS official) just got a few things wrong - Theo previously being an "activist" could refer just to his position as Xan&#39;s right hand. But the "sanctuary at sea" is worrying - hopefully they don&#39;t go to the colony on the Isle of Man. Although I guess it would make it more believable that Xan couldn&#39;t find the Fishes if they were holed up there.

  • May 18, 2006, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Great the first time, so why bother?

    by Freakemovie

    There&#39;s a handful of other great Roald Dahl stuff that hasn&#39;t been made...or if you&#39;re going to remake something, do something as awesome as Danny the Champion of the World, which most people never know was a movie in the first place. But the Witches is well known, scared the living crap out of me when I was little, and Angelica Houston was perfect. No point in remaking.

  • May 18, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Why Would it Matter If Singer is Homosexual


    Because that would mean he&#39;s gay. Duh.

  • May 18, 2006, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Latest News

    by WolfmanNards

    A remake of the Guillermo del Toro version of "Witches" is coming out 4 days after his version is released. And a remake of that movie is coming out tomorrow. Meanwhile in the new ideas department... (crickets)

  • May 19, 2006, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Couldn&#39;t they just re-film the last ten minutes?

    by eg4190

    Up until then it&#39;s a pretty faithful adaptation, with little room for improvement. It was a large production with, importantly, NO CGI. The remake&#39;s first 75 minutes are going to be the same thing, only with weirder lighting and camera angles, and CGI transformation / talking mouse scenes. And I really liked the puppet-heavy transformation scenes in the original. Plus you just know whoever they cast for the Grand High Witch isn&#39;t going to be as good.

  • May 19, 2006, 12:45 a.m. CST

    As a HUUUUUUUGE Hellboy fan...

    by ScarranHalfBreed

    ...I thought the movie was pretty bland and unoriginal. It wasn&#39;t mythical enough, didn&#39;t seem to embrace old ghost stories like Mignola does, and wasn&#39;t nearly as creepy.

  • May 19, 2006, 12:50 a.m. CST

    POSITIVE X-Men 3 review!!

    by MKiro

    Because there is no way this site would publish such a thing: . Sounds pretty good!

  • May 19, 2006, 1:17 a.m. CST

    NEGATIVE X-Men 3 Review

    by Monkey Butler

    Because despite what fanboys want to believe, it doesn&#39;t sound all that good:

  • May 19, 2006, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Re: As a HUUUUUUUGE Hellboy fan...

    by CRanapia

    WEll, I guess any comic book film has to do a pretty delicate balancing act - satisfy the fanboys (and I&#39;m not using the term as a perjorative) while not totally bewildering casual readers or newbies. Being in the last camp, I thought it was fine - OK, it wasn&#39;t industrial strength Lovecraft on crack Mignola does so well. But it works well on it&#39;s own terms, and Mike Mignola doesn&#39;t strike me as the kind of man who&#39;d bite his tongue while his baby got gutted like a fish.

  • May 19, 2006, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Yeah, kind of weird

    by Bryan

    I love Dahl, Del Toro, Cuaron, the book, and the movie. So I certainly will see this one (if it really happens) but I&#39;d rather see them tackle a Roald Dahl book that hasn&#39;t been done yet. Forget about topping Nicolas Roeg, how do you top Jim Henson?

  • May 19, 2006, 7:03 a.m. CST

    All the lame "gay" talkbackers

    by fxmulder35 a talk about about "The Witches", in which Bryan Singer&#39;s name is NOT mentioned or implied, would you begin a thread about his sexuality? Are you poor boys sooo scared of being gay yourself that you have to puff up the &#39;ole chest and blow hard? Geeze guys...I just never understood that type of thinking. It&#39;s sad.

  • May 19, 2006, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Add me to the list: BAD IDEA

    by Teko

    The Henson version of Witches was spot-on perfect in every way, even including the creepy stuff of kids getting turned into paintings and household objects. Ideal casting, great mice, great music, etc. I LOATHED the happy ending, but that&#39;s a given. I hate to see talent and money wasted on remaking a good film. Go make Great Glass Elevator, or his wartime short stories...they&#39;re awesome.

  • May 19, 2006, 8:49 a.m. CST

    be like water youre right GB3 in hell died around 2002

    by misnomer

    and was a complete no-go-as no one could agree to do it-and columbia didnt want to do it....but like you say ramis career kinda dropped after groundhog day, so it was the fact his interest is still there in 2006 that got me excited, add to that- this is the hollywood era of remakes and sequels....I think it could still happen...and I also think its more likely murray would do it now thats hes established himself as a serious actor....

  • May 19, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Cool but why?

    by Zeldas

    Why remake a perfectly awesome movie? I think I know it (and the book) almost by heart, and Huston has been my favorite actress since I saw it in 2nd grade.

  • May 19, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Del Toro is a fucking hack.

    by s00p3rm4n

    That&#39;s right, graphic novel nerds. Fucking. Hack. What, there wasn&#39;t another shitty ghost story or graphic novel he could adapt? So he had to go after a movie that&#39;s already been made and skip the middleman? Well thank God he&#39;s at least not coming up with his own story, and sparing us the infinite gravity of his boundless intellect.

  • May 19, 2006, 4:42 p.m. CST


    by Bryan

    Are you joking? Because it almost sounds like you have no idea what you&#39;re talking about. When did Del Toro adapt a ghost story or a graphic novel? You imply that that&#39;s all he ever does, when in fact he hasn&#39;t done either one before. Cronos: his original script. Mimic: somebody else&#39;s script. Devil&#39;s Backbone: his original script. Blade 2: amazingly great sequel. Hellboy: adaptation of a comic book character (okay, let&#39;s say it&#39;s a graphic novel adaptation just so you have one single correct statement in your post). Pan&#39;s Labyrinth: his original script. You don&#39;t have to like the guy but your idea that he&#39;s a "hack" is completely ludicrous and makes you look silly. His Spanish language films are stunningly original, his sequel has got to be one of the best work for hire gigs in recent memory, even his worst, most studio-interfered movie (Mimic) is pretty cool and has some really original ideas and visuals in it. A hack is a mediocre director who works for the money and doesn&#39;t have the ability to put a personal stamp on a movie, and no matter what you think of the quality of his movies you can&#39;t say that about them. You have nowhere to go with this ridiculous argument, so please continue.

  • May 19, 2006, 6:08 p.m. CST

    blade 2 was neither amazing nor great.

    by cockknocker

    It was a heap of shit compared to the original.

  • May 19, 2006, 6:46 p.m. CST

    The first one was crap

    by Durendal

    And I watched it a bunch as a kid. Angelica Houston was a good choice for the Grand High Witch, but the grandma was mediocre and the kid was only surpassed in shitty acting by little Anakin Skywalker. Dahl books just don&#39;t make very good movies. Leave them in literary form.

  • May 19, 2006, 7:08 p.m. CST

    James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, the first Charlie

    by Freakemovie

    All great Dahl movies...Matilda a little too cutesy but whatever. And I never saw the Danny the Champion of the World with Jeremy Irons, but it&#39;s my favorite Dahl book so I&#39;ll have to dig it up somewhere. And to the poster about a dozen back who said Dahl is have no soul.

  • May 20, 2006, 6:15 a.m. CST

    no, whoever said Dahl is overrated...

    by Billy Ho

    has never read any of his books and is just judging based on movie adaptations. which is pretty sad

  • May 20, 2006, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Dahl wasnt happy about the

    by emeraldboy

    film adaptations that were made druing his lifetime and for the record he hated the witches, that Nic Roeg made and said he would never allow any of his books to be made into films. it was only after he died that his 2nd wife made the decision to only film her late husband with directors who shared her husbnads darkly comic vision, which is why he would have worked with tim burton and anyway the effects to bring dahls world to life were no available. I loved the twits and i think it is a work of absolute genius. I cant wait to see the film if and when they make it. but I want to see them make boy and going solo sometime, i know they were semi-autobiographical, but boy really is a masterpice of storytelling and dahls mix of brilliant, dark wit and imagination has never been equalled or bettered. The fantastic mr fox is a wes anderson film and will be live action and animation......

  • May 20, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST


    by PolyesterRage

    The book scared the crap out of me when I was a kid (especially the part about witches hiding as normal people, hello paranoia!) but the movie was sub-par. This sounds like it has the potential to be weird-frightening. :D

  • May 20, 2006, 3:30 p.m. CST

    a Roald Dahl biopic

    by joeypogi

    Boy and Going Solo were fun. Especially Going Solo. World War 2 planes and Africa! Great!

  • May 20, 2006, 7:29 p.m. CST

    re: Freakemovie

    by beamish13

    How the hell can you defend MATILDA? Mara Wilson is one of those ingratiating little child actors that mugged constantly and blissfully fell off the face of the earth. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH had a horrific altered ending, and Randy Newman replacing Andy Partridge (!!) was a stroke of enormous idiocy

  • May 20, 2006, 8:13 p.m. CST

    im upset, make a book that hasnt been made and is ...

    by LarryTheCableGuy

    im upset, make a book that hasnt been made and is itching to be made live action, like black cauldron or something, common the movie was fine, make something cooler.! and guilermo doing this, id think he&#39;s having better up his sleeve. lcg out!

  • May 21, 2006, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Pam Ferris was the only good thing in Matilda

    by Drath

    Okay I&#39;m being mean, Danny Devito&#39;s general mindset wasn&#39;t awful, but setting the thing in America ruined it (and I thought Mara Wilson was really fake). THAT movie should be remade. I don&#39;t have a lot against the Witches, but I&#39;d be very curious to see a remake. I&#39;m sorry Cauron isn&#39;t the director on this though. He doesn&#39;t direct enough fantasy movies for my liking.

  • May 21, 2006, 6:23 p.m. CST

    I liked Mathilda movie

    by Foxxed

    I thought it was quite cute...but I never read the book. I do agree that sometimes they shouldn&#39;t Americanize movies like that...but generally, I thought Mathilda was a pretty good children&#39;s movie.

  • May 22, 2006, 3:23 a.m. CST

    oh godoffireinhell?

    by Jack the Lad

    THE WITCHES was a British movie, not an American one. So I&#39;m not sure what your point is.

  • May 22, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I think he was talking about Mathilda

    by Foxxed

    being Americanized not The Witches.