Zemeckis is also writing the new version which will follow Dahl's 1973 novel more closely. Zemeckis is also producing alongside Jake Rapke, Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro.
The Witches follows a 7-year-old boy who must stop a group of witches after he discovers a witch convention taking place.
Hathaway will next be seen in a remake of 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels titled The Hustle with Rebel Wilson. The actress has also signed on to star in Warner Bros.' planned Sesame Street film.