Monday, January 10, 2011

Film News: Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters

Excerpted from Gemma Arterton joins Jeremy Renner in 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' (and the 'Twilight' effect?) by Mandi Bierly at

Could this be the greatest twist on the fairytale genre since Shrek? The leads are now set for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, the film set 15 years after the siblings killed the witch who kidnapped them — and finds them working as witch-seeking bounty hunters. The trades report Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) has joined Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town) in the title roles. (They have similar face shapes — we like it.) Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay and Kevin J. Messick are producing, so we assume there’ll be some comedy accompanying the dark action when cameras roll this March in Berlin.
Yes, this one looks like it will become a reality now.  So chalk Hansel and Gretel up for a big screen interpretation in the next few years. And it is supposedly going for a hard R rating, so not for children or even me for that matter. But intriguing all the same...especially considering two Hansel and Gretel films are in development when one adds Michael Bays Hansel and Gretel in 3D to the list, neither of which will be big mainstream audiences.  Telling when these make me wish Disney would consider this tale for interpretation since I have some warm fuzzy feelings for Tangled.  And yes, I know Disney isn't making fairy tales any time soon right now, for now at least...

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