LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Andy Fickman is coming
on board to direct "Witch Mountain," Walt Disney Pictures'
modern reimagining of its 1975 adventure movie "Escape to Witch
The first film was based on a science fiction novel by
Alexander Key. It 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. The brother and sister
turn out to be extraterrestrials.
The movie hatched a 1978 sequel, "Return from Witch
Mountain," best remembered for featuring Bette Davis and
Christopher Lee in the cast, as well as a TV movie, "Beyond
Witch Mountain" (1982), that was to have been a pilot for a
Matt Lopez wrote the current draft of the script. Lopez
also penned the studio's "Bedtime Stories," which is due to go
before cameras in January with Adam Shankman directing Adam
Fickman directed Disney's upcoming family comedy "The Game
Plan," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.