Not everyone loves a good remake. HBO Max took to the small screens this fall and released their vision of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches.” The remake was initially well respected at first until viewers, specifically the disabled community, begin to see the reimagining of Anne Hathaway’s main character. Instead of claws, as depicted in the original book, the studio CGI’d three long fingers, a similar representation of limb abnormality ectrodactyly. The disabled community is all about celebrating differences. Many individuals have taken to social media to express their fruition with the movie.
Anne Hathaway, who is the main character in the film, has apologized to her fans and the community for not being aware that some may take issue to the portrayal of her character. Good Morning America reached out to WB regarding imagery and they responded apologizing with regret.
“We the filmmakers and Warner Bros. Pictures are deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of the fictional characters in ‘THE WITCHES’ could upset people with disabilities, and regret any offense caused,” the statement read. “In adapting the original story, we worked with designers and artists to come up with a new interpretation of the cat-like claws that are described in the book.”
If the issue becomes even more mainstream it will be interesting to see how WB reacts. There have been many instances in the past where studios had to re-CGI various elements, even replace casts when it has come to viewers and acceptance.