'The Witches' skips theaters for an HBO Max debut on October 22nd

The latest adaptation of Roald Dahl's book stars Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer.

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The Witches, the latest adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book, is yet another major movie that’s going straight to a streaming service amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Robert Zemeckis-directed film will hit HBO Max on October 22nd.

It centers around a young boy who tries to stop a coven of witches from turning every kid on the planet into mice. The cast includes Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci, with Chris Rock as a narrator. The Witches was originally scheduled for a theatrical release this month, but Warner Bros. yanked it from the calendar in June.

The movie’s streaming debut could prompt some people to sign up for HBO Max, particularly if parents are looking for a kid-friendly, kinda-scary flick to watch on Halloween.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many theaters have closed their doors. That’s prompted distributors to forego theatrical releases for some movies and bring them to streaming services early. Among those titles are Disney films Artemis Fowl and Hamilton, and Netflix’s Da 5 Bloods and The Lovebirds. Some others have gone straight to video on demand, most notably Mulan.