Ninja Thyberg will write and direct the remake of “The Witches of Eastwick”.
The deal for the project was signed by Warner Bros. last week and Ninja is about to start writing the screenplay for a 1987 black fantasy comedy reimagining.
It remains to be confirmed whether the Ninja screenplay will be based on the original George Miller film or the 1984 John Updike novel of the same name on which the first film was based.
Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the remake, which will be filmed in the United States on a date yet to be confirmed. The couple’s previous credits include the “Divergent” and “The Great Gatsby” trilogy.
The 1987 film was also directed by Warner Bros. and starred Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. He followed three single women to a picturesque village who made their wishes come true when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives – but at a price.
Susan had previously claimed that she was forced to switch roles in the original film after Cher had “muscled up” to land her role.
The 74-year-old actress portrayed divorced music teacher Jane Spofford in the film, but was supposed to play Alexandra Medford until Cher persuaded the producers to give her the role instead.
Speaking to the film’s screenwriter, Michael Cristofer, Susan recalled, “I was first chosen for the role of Cher, and I only found out when I arrived in LA – because I was living in Rome – that I had actually been transferred to another part.
“I had to suddenly learn to play the cello, and I had never played an instrument in my life. They said they would sue me if I left, so I didn’t have much of a choice!
Michael agreed, “Cher kind of beefed up in that part.”
Susan added: “It’s Jon… [He] and Cher had a past affair or something, so that was another element. “