Warner Bros. Ditches U.S. Theaters to Premiere ‘Roald Dahl’s The Witches’ Exclusively on HBO Max

In another blow to domestic theaters, Warner Bros. Pictures will release director Robert Zemeckis’s reimagined Roald Dahl’s The Witches on HBO Max in the United States, starting Oct. 22. The film is scheduled to launch in movie theaters internationally on Oct. 28. Zemeckis’ movies include Forrest Gump, The Polar Express and the “Back to the Future” franchise.

Zemeckis is joined by filmmakers including Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris for this fantasy adventure about a young boy who stumbles upon a secret coven of witches and, with the help of his loving grandmother, tries to stop their evil plan to turn the world’s children into mice. The cast includes Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth and Chris Rock, with newcomer Jahzir Kadeen Bruno as the brave young hero.

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The Witches is a wonderful reimagining of Roald Dahl’s timeless tale that combines world-class filmmaking with fantastic performances. It’s fun for the whole family and ideal for this time of year,” Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said in a statement.

“This film, with its stellar cast, is outstanding,” added Casey Bloys, chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max. “We are thrilled to be able to use our platform to deliver timely, relevant and engaging new content during this time when the theatrical experience is not available to everyone.”

The film will also be featured in HBO Max’s “Halloween is Here” spotlight page, alongside a curated roster of more than 140 movies, series and Halloween-themed TV episodes, hand-picked by HBO Max’s dedicated editorial team.