AnnaSophia Robb Climbs Mountain

Child actress AnnaSophia Robb (“Bridge to Terabithia,” “The Reaping”) has joined the cast of Disney’s update of the 1975 family classic “Escape from Witch Mountain” reports MTV News.

Director Andy Fickman is quick to point out that it’s not a remake – “We didn’t want to come in and just simply do a remake of a movie that we all really liked growing-up. It’s a new chapter within the world of Witch Mountain. I think that for people who have seen the original, they’re going to be very happy with the direction were going. And with people who’ve never seen it, I think it’ll be an exciting ride for them [as well].”

The original followed two alien kids with supernatural abilities as they’re pursued by the megalomaniacal millionaire Aristotle Bolt, who wants to exploit their powers.

Fickman plans to follow the dark thriller tone of the original novel far more closely than the original. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will also star.