Recent Oscar winner del Toro was originally set to direct the film before pulling out and handing over duties to Zemeckis. The director is also set to write the script for the movie.
The 1990 film was an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1973 classic book in which a young boy has a run-in with real-life witches. The movie has gained a cult following since its release and is known for the epic scene in which Huston takes off her human disguise and becomes an ugly witch. Variety reports Zemeckis’ version will follow the book more closely than the Huston starrer.
The director is known for several iconic movies, like Forrest Gump, Castawayand Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He most recently directed Welcome to Marwen, starring Steve Carrell, as well as last year’s Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.