The original followed a young boy who discovers a gathering of witches in a seaside resort.
Anne Hathaway plays the grand high witch in the film.
It's said that this version will be more faithful to the book.
Fans may remember Robert Zemeckis as the director behind movies like Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forest Gump and Castaway. This would mark his return into more family oriented movies, after primarily making adult dramas like Allied, The Walk and Flight.
Guillermo del Toro was originally going to write and direct, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. However, he remains as a producer.
Warner Bros. will distribute.
Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) will produce.
A remake of the 1990 British dark fantasy with the same name, which is based on a book by Roald Dahl.