Exclusive: Cuaron Talks The Witches

Guillermo del Toro to direct Dahl redo

Empire got the exclusive low down Alfonso Cuaron's involvement in The Witches, in what could be the most interesting and worthwhile re-adaptation of a classic children's book following a decent initial film, well, ever.

Although it was rumoured that Cuaron was down to direct, it seems that he will instead be producing, while legend-in-the-making Guillermo Del Toro will take the helm.

The pair were discussing the potential of adapting the much naughtier Dahl story Uncle Oswald, when the conversation turned to The Witches. Cuaron told us: "Guillermo wrote this amazing screenplay really quickly."

He also said that, "It won’t be like the original Nicolas Roeg version, which was a beautiful film," because (and this is the very exciting part), del Toro plans to "do it completely in stop-motion animation." We will just have to wait and see how they could ever replace Roeg's army of cross-dressing bald-headed extras, however.

Read the rest of the interview with Alfonso Cuaron about The Witches and more here.