If you're anything like me, you have a soft spot in your heart for the 1975 Disney adventure Escape to Witch Mountain. No matter if your friends have never heard of it, it's a very special story! Now, director Andy Fickman is on board to create a Witch Mountain movie for a new generation.
As Hollywood Reporter describes the original, "The 1975 film was based on a science fiction novel by Alexander Key and followed a pair of siblings, endowed with paranormal powers, who go on the run from a diabolical group of men who wish to exploit their abilities." In many ways, this is right on time — a movie about kids with superpowers in the works right as comic book movies and NBC's "Heroes" are all the rage.
And after finding this interview with Fickman on JewReview.net, I feel comforted that Fickman will do his best to honor the classic original (which did have a sequel as well as a TV movie). In the interview he's quoted as saying, "I've never been a part of a film that I mention the title and the reactions are so positive...But I feel responsibility as a fan that I have to be the man who doesn’t tank the movie, but that re-envisions it, and make it a continuation of that story." Unsurprisingly, his first choice to play Tia is Bridge to Terabithia's AnnaSophia Robb.
Fickman's other credits include She's the Man starring Amanda Bynes, as well as a little something called Who's Your Daddy? starring, among others, Ali Larter. The plot synopsis is this: "An adopted Ohio high school senior discovers he is the inherited heir to a porn empire. Dropped into a bitter power struggle, his new flock of beautiful co-workers come to his aid." Well, most directors have at least one blight on their resumes, so I'll overlook that one and just hope Fickman's intentions are good enough to make this movie a success.