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11.12.2009

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know this project existed until I saw the announcement that HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS had a writer in the form of Dante Harper. But as it turns out, it’s already got a director and producers as well.

"Dead Snow" co-writer/director Tommy Wirkola is helming the project for Gary Sanchez Prods. and Paramount. The Norwegian pitched and plotted out the story line, which picks up the fairy-tale siblings 15 years after their traumatic gingerbread house incident, which provoked them to become witch bounty hunters. Sanchez execs Kevin Messick, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Chris Henchy are producing the horror-action comedy, which is pitched as having a gory-but-funny "Shaun of the Dead" vibe.

I could easily see Ferrell starring in this, as his next goofy man-child vehicle, but I think it would be better to let someone else take center stage for a change. I think that husband-wife pair Will Arnett and Amy Poehler could be pretty great here, or maybe something along the lines of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. In any case, the director of DEAD SNOW shooting for a SHAUN OF THE DEAD vibe sounds like a pretty great start to me.

Extra Tidbit: I'm frankly surprised Hansel and Gretel didn't get snatched up as a Dreamworks 3D CGI joint.
Source: Latino Review

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9:57PM on 11/12/2009

Dark Hansel and Gretel

I'd rather see Disney bring this fairy tale to life in a hand drawn animation type film like they know how to do.

I don't know about the 15 years later ecoming a witch hunter storyline, seems a bit unnecessary.
I'd rather see Disney bring this fairy tale to life in a hand drawn animation type film like they know how to do.

I don't know about the 15 years later ecoming a witch hunter storyline, seems a bit unnecessary.
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6:40PM on 11/12/2009

It sounds

better off as a dark, scary story. I don't know about a comedy type vibe. Am I the only person that doesn't think Amy Poehler is funny?
better off as a dark, scary story. I don't know about a comedy type vibe. Am I the only person that doesn't think Amy Poehler is funny?
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12:24PM on 11/12/2009
When I first read this, I was excited because a neat serious and dark take like this sounded original and fun, but then I read that Ferrell is producing. I am concerned as hell, but still hold out some hope.
When I first read this, I was excited because a neat serious and dark take like this sounded original and fun, but then I read that Ferrell is producing. I am concerned as hell, but still hold out some hope.
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11:31AM on 11/12/2009
Hansel's so hot right now.
Hansel's so hot right now.
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