Among the revelations from the script review, which is the first to appear anywhere and contradicts some of the reports in the Hollywood trades:
- Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell aren't playing Darrin and Samantha, as has been rumored. Shirley MacLaine isn't playing Endora either. They all play characters who play these characters. It's so meta.
- Writer Adam McKay ("Anchorman") has been brought on board to rewrite the screenplay.
J-F gives it a glowing review, saying that "The sibling duo of Nora and Delia Ephron have done an outstanding job penning this project. While it is a remake at its core, the story is extremely unique and reminds me a bit of "Adaptation." Yet the concept of "Bewitched" is remade only inside the storyline of the movie.
Instead of the current conventional way to remake the classic TV shows (a la "Starsky and Hutch," "S.W.A.T.," etc...), I found this storyline to be a refreshing take...Even with these two different comedic styles intermingling here [of McKay and the Ephrons], I think they have found the perfect harmony between the spirit of the original "Bewitched" television show and a Will Ferrell comedy— Nowhere does it feel nostalgic or does it dwell into adolescent humor. It's clever, smart and amusing from opening to conclusion, it moves a bit fast but it's not frenetically so."