“Birds” Helmer To Direct Amblin’s “Lunch Witch”

Amblin Partners has acquired Deb Lucke’s young-adult novel “The Lunch Witch” and has attached “Angry Birds” co-director Clay Kaytis to helm the live-action project.

In the film a young woman named Grunhilda inherits her famous ancestors’ recipes and cauldron, but no one believes in magic anymore. Despite the fact that her only useful skill is cooking up potfuls of foul brew, she finds a job listing that might suit her: lunch lady.

She delights in scaring the kids until she meets a timid little girl named Madison with a big set of glasses who becomes an unlikely friend. Madison needs help at school and at home, but helping people goes against everything Grunhilda’s believes in as a witch.

A writer will be hired shortly, while Michael De Luca is producing.

Source: Deadline