Neil Gaiman's 'Hansel & Gretel' Graphic Novel Heading to Theaters
There always seems to be an adaptation of one of Neil Gaiman's works in development. Right now there's an adaptation of How to Talk to Girls at Parties and also The Graveyard Book happening, not to mention the realization of a Sandman movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Now we can add one more to the list as Variety reports the author's forthcoming Hansel and Gretel graphic novel (arriving in October), based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale of the same name, has been picked up by The Hundred-Foot Journey producer Juliet Blake for a live-action adaptation. It has to be better than Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, right?
It's not clear what makes this version of the classic tale different, but coming from Gaiman, we're sure it's something special. The original tale followed a brother and sister who got lost in the woods and ended up being given shelter by a witch in a candy house who had more mischievous plans for them. But they ended up escaping and throwing her into an oven. On his take, Gaiman says, "For me, retelling Hansel and Gretel was a way of telling an old tale in a way that made it immediate and true, and about us, now. It reminds us of how paper thin civilization really is. It’s about hunger, and about families.”
This sounds like a drastically different project for Blake. Besides teaming with Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey for The Hundred-Foot Journey, she also produced “TED Talks Education” for TED and PBS, with host John Legend. She's also done some impressive work at National Geographic. Let's just hope this particular adaptation of Gaiman's great work doesn't get stuck in development hell like several other projects have over the years. Considering the fact that Blake is coming off a successful venture with Spielberg and Oprah, hopefully this won't prove hard to get off the ground.