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‘The Witches’: Octavia Spencer Among Latest To Join Roald Dahl Adaptation
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The Boy and His Grandmother In The Witches

Following the news last month that Anne Hathaway will play the Grand High Witch in director Robert Zemeckis‘s new adaptation of the 1983 Roald Dahl book The Witches, comes word that fellow Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is in talks to join her on the cast. Earlier today we saw an official trailer for one of Spencer’s latest, a horror titled Ma.

In addition to Spencer joining the cast it’s also being reported that Jahzir Bruno and Codie-Lei Eastick are currently in negotiations for roles, and that Black-ish creator and writer of the upcoming Shaft and Coming to America sequels Kenya Barris will now be co-writing the screenplay with Zemeckis.

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Anne Hathaway To Play Grand High Witch In ‘The Witches’ From Robert Zemeckis, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron
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The Witches (1990)

Back in June we found out that Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit director Robert Zemeckis would be directing the long-in-development new take on the Roald Dahl story The Witches. The story was previously adapted into the 1990 movie of the same name starring Anjelica Huston.

Now that adaptation has found its star. It’s being reported that Anne Hathaway has signed on to play the Grand High Witch in the movie, the same role Huston played in the ’90 version.

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Dwayne Johnson To Play Kamehameha In Robert Zemeckis’s ‘The King’
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Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson has played plenty of great characters in the past, but none more personal than Maui in Moana, where he was able to be a part of a film that celebrated his South Pacific culture. Now he will get ready to do that again, but for a new movie.

New reports say he will play Hawaiian king Kamehameha in The King from director Robert Zemeckis. More on the story below.

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‘Welcome To Marwen’ Trailer: Steve Carell Finds Peace Through Photography
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Welcome To Marwen

Universal Pictures has released the second trailer for Welcome to Marwen starring Steve Carell as Mark, a photographer who is traumatized after being brutally beaten. The attack left Mark on the road to a very long recovery. But with the help of his loved ones and his creativity, Mark is able to find inner peace.

Now the story, which is based on a true story, is getting the big screen adaptation treatment with Robert Zemeckis at the helm to tell this story. Check out the full trailer below.

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‘Welcome To Marwen’ Trailer: Steve Carell Overcomes Trauma With Miniature Escapism
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Welcome To Marwen

Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Welcome To Marwen.

The based on a true story film is directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Steve Carell as someone who survives a traumatic assault by neo-nazis. While his path to recovery will be long and hard, he uses his artistic imagination to restore his human spirit. Check out the trailer below.

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Robert Zemeckis To Direct New Adaptation Of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ Produced By Guillermo del Toro
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The Witches (1990)

One of my favorite movies growing up was The Witches, the 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s 1973 book of the same name. A new adaptation of the book has been in the works for quite a while now, with Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron attached to direct at different points.

Now that new adaptation is back in business. It’s being reported that Back to the Future and Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct The Witches for Warner Brothers, with a deal expected to be made official soon.

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‘The Flash’: Sam Raimi, Marc Webb Pass On Directing; Billy Crudup Exits
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The Flash Justice League header image

Well, that was fast. We just learned that Sam Raimi was on a shortlist of potential directors to helm The Flash. Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn are also among the top names.

But just after that list was reported, word is that Raimi has taken himself out of the running. And that’s just the beginning. Another potential director we didn’t know about, Marc Webb, is also passing. It appears that Barry Allen will be without a father in the standalone film as well, as Billy Crudup has also dropped out. More on these stories below.

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Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Sam Raimi In The Running To Direct ‘The Flash’
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The Flash Starring Ezra Miller

Warner Bros. isn’t giving up on the cinematic version of The Flash. Though the Scarlett Speedster has only made two cameo appearances, with his first major one coming in Justice League, he has yet to appear in his own standalone film. After the studio had a falling out with Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa over creative differences, the studio went back to the drawing board, canned ditched Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s draft, and opted to use a script written by Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword).

Now WB is ready to find a director. It’s being reported that Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), who had been previously rumored, is still in the running, while the studio has also had meetings with Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman) and Sam Raimi (Evil Dead and Spider-Man trilogies). More on the story below.

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Rumor: WB Circling Robert Zemeckis To Direct ‘The Flash’ Movie
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The Flash

Warner Bros.’ big-screen adaptation of The Flash has seen better days. The standalone feature for the Scarlet Speedester lost two directors over creative differences in one year alone, and will undoubtedly miss its March 16, 2018, release date. Still, the studio firmly believes that the film deserves a theatrical debut. Now that may be happening, as WB is reportedly setting their sights on Back To The Future director Robert Zemeckis to helm the film. More on the story below.

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Book Review: Back To The Future: The Ultimate Visual History
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Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History title

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Michael Klastorin with Randal Atamaniuk
Foreword by Michael J. Fox
Preface by Christopher Lloyd
Introduction by Bob Gale
Afterword by Robert Zemeckis
Harper Design | HarperCollins Publishers
Release date: October 20, 2015

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Back To The Future, the Robert Zemeckis-directed Steven Spielberg-produced film that went on to become one of the greatest and most beloved movies of our time, spawning two sequels that were equally enjoyed. In conjunction with this milestone, Insight Editions has released Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History, a coffee table-sized full-cover hardcover packed with details about the film trilogy, highlighted with behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, storyboards, and a host of removable collectible-type items.

Though Back to the Future was an instant hit when Universal Pictures released it back in 1985, it was a long road from concept to screen for director/screenwriter Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale. Though the filmmakers had a great idea for a film about a time-travel, their initial draft of the script was rejected by over 40 movie studios. A tidbit like that is hard to believe today when we see how deeply rooted the film is in today’s pop culture, but The Ultimate Visual History reveals their lengthy struggle, which also included their multiple attempts to get Michael J. Fox, who was locked in at the time to his schedule on the popular TV sitcom Family Ties, as the lead.

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