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By Kelvin Owens

Must be the season of the witch! Octavia Spencer and Anna Hathaway are gearing up to terrify a new generation of impressionable children in Robert Zemeckis’ take on the 90s cult classic film The Witches.  

According to  Variety, Spencer is in talks to play the grandmother of 7-year-old Bruno, who both stumble into a conference of witches. Hathaway will be playing the Grand High Witch and plots to turn the city's children into mice. 

Based on the 1983 novel by Dahl, The Witches tells the story of a brave young boy (Bruno) and his Norwegian grandmother as they battle England’s witches, but this is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children.

​While Anjelica Huston originated the role in 1990 movie, The Witches was originally a 1973 Roald Dahl novel. "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," Variety reports. 

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