Everybody knows the fable of the young brother and sister who outwitted the cannibalistic witch who lived in the the house made of gingerbread, cake and candy, but what we don’t know is what happened afterwards. Now, Paramount Studios has set forth for the rest of the world to find out how Hansel and Gretel moved on after their traumatic event in the woods.
The cast includes Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker), Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia), Famke Janssen (X-Men), and Peter Stormare (Prison Break).
Catching up with Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) 15 years after the traumatic incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have evolved into vengeful bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches. Over the years, the siblings became expert hunters, famous for their proficiency at tracking and taking down their prey. Although still recovering from their ordeal, their work is relatively easy as for an unknown reason harmful spells and curses do not work well against them. Now, Mayor of Augsburg recruits them to rid the town and nearby forests of an evil sorceress (Janssen) who is planning to sacrifice many local children at the witches' gathering during the upcoming 'Blood Moon' night in two days time. To make things worse, the duo also has to deal with the brutal Sheriff Berringer (Stormare) who has taken power in Augsburg and conducts a very indiscriminate witch-hunt of his own.
|Jeremy Renner as Hansel|
Gemma Arterton as Gretel
Now how awesome is this concept? There have been many tellings and versions of the Famous Brothers Grimm children's story over the years but I'm pleased that we're not just getting another retelling of the classic tale. Taking the perspective the the siblings as adults is pretty original. Obviously, therapy wasn't an option to dealing with PTSD.
The film is directed by Norwegian writer/director Tommy Wirkola whose projects have included Dead Snow, the tale about Nazis and Zombies. This choice of director has given me hopes that the film will have a darker feel given the career path Hansel and Gretel have taken by hunting witches.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is slated to come to theaters March 2, 2012.
How does Hansel and Gretel as a pair of witch hunters sound to you?