Hansel & Gretel Following Breadcrumbs to New 3D Adaptaton
by Ethan Anderton
July 19, 2010
We already know the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel will get a bit of a makeover in dark fantasy with their involvement as psychic exterminators in the adaptation of graphic novel Legends, and the pseudo-sequel Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Now Kalliope Films and The Institute (a brand new company co-founded by Michael Bay) have announced plans to release an action packed 3D version of the story chock full of special effects. The original tale followed the young titular brother/sister as they get lost in the woods only to discover a house made of candy (seen above) inhabited by a child-devouring witch.
In addition to the terrifying witch who scared kids away from candy houses, apparently this will also feature Teutonic beings of German mythology which will be designed by Joseph C. Pepe, the lead character designer from Avatar. Outside of these sparse details, there's not much else to be said about this project, but I picture this being akin to Tim Burton's take on Alice in Wonderland, and while that's not entirely terrible, it's not exactly the most thrilling of prospects. The other projects featuring Hansel and Gretel seem more appealing. If interested, Collider has a very simple promo poster that looks like they took a picture from a stop-motion animated film and slapped some cheap imitation Harry Potter title font on it for shits and giggles. Oh well.