Well, the rumor was circulating for weeks, but today it's been been officially confirmed: Anne Hathaway has signed on to headline Robert Zemeckis' forthcoming adaptation of The Witches, where she'll be stepping into the role made famous by Anjelica Huston in the 1990 version of the film.
For those unfamiliar with the source material (or Nicolas Roeg's adaptation), The Witches concerns a young boy who, while on vacation at a resort with his grandmother, uncovers a cadre of child-hating witches who plan to turn every kid in the world into a mouse using poisoned chocolate. Roeg's version of the story maintained the setting and time period of the novel, but Zemeckis' take will update both to take place in the 1960's gothic south. That's interesting, given that Variety's also saying this version will be "more rooted in the original source material". We're not sure what to make of that, honestly.
Anyway, Hathaway's a great fit for this role - which'll almost certainly allow her to go big and weird with things - and it'll be interesting to see how Zemeckis approaches the material. Ya mans has always been big on bleeding edge technology, and we're curious to see how that factors in here (personally, I'm hoping they maintain the practical makeup effects that made Roeg's version so memorable, but it seems far more likely that Zemeckis will roll with something a bit more...digital).
Nothing further to report at this time, but with the lead actress in place it's likely that further updates will be along shortly. Stay tuned for those, and - while you're waiting - make sure you're caught up with Roeg's original. It rules.