Crew Member Stabbed on UK Set of Anne Hathaway’s ‘The Witches’
Thursday, 20 June 2019 A man was arrested after stabbing a crew member on the set of the Anne Hathaway film “The Witches” at the Warner Bros. studio in Leavesden, England, on Wednesday afternoon, Hertfordshire police told TheWrap.
Police said the crew member sustained a neck injury and was taken to the hospital by an ambulance, while a second man, 54, was arrested on “suspicion of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.” The man has since been released on police bail until July 17.
Police believe the two men knew each other, but inquiries are still being made to determine the circumstances around what happened.
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Warner Bros. declined to comment.
Robert Zemeckis is directing Hathaway in the remake of “The Witches,” which is based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 children’s book. The film also stars Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci, and Kenya Barris co-wrote the screenplay with Zemeckis. The film is currently slated for release by Warner Bros. on Oct. 16, 2020.
“The Witches” is the story of a boy who stumbles across a coven of child-hating witches who secretly inhabit the world. The boy is then forced to stop them after they transform him into a mouse. Hathaway is leading the cast as the Grand High Witch. It’s the same role as portrayed by Anjelica Huston in the original film adaptation from 1990 based on Dahl’s book.
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Zemeckis is also producing with Jack Rapke via their ImageMovers banner, as well as with Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro.
The Leavesden studio is the site of the popular studio tour attraction, The Making of Harry Potter, which is still open as normal.
Beatrice Verhoeven contributed to this report.
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