Josh Hylton writes for Bleeding Cool:
Fairy tales are scary. They feature witches, burning ovens, poisonous apples and dwarfs who attempt to steal away babies. And if you look at their original stories, many of them are quite gruesome. It could even be argued they aren't for children, yet we pretty them up and serve them to the young ones anyway.*
However, it seems like we're finally realizing the potential these stories have to be startling adult tales. With grown up versions of Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Hansel & Gretel on the way, we could be in for some interesting cinema. It's the latter of those movies that interests us right now.
Taking the form of what can only be called a sequel, Tommy Wirkola's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters will follow the two title characters, will be played by Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, 15 years after their close call with the witch's overn as they venture back to the gingerbread house to kill the woman that almost destroyed them.
This witch, say Deadline, is to be played by Famke Janssen. This is great, not least because Janssen is a goddess and any chance to look at her onscreen is welcome (though the prospects for eye candy might be dimmed when you realise she's playing a witch and might be landed with horrendous make-up or prosthetics).
The film will apparently be rather lighthearted, diving into the action/comedy realm, though with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay as producers, that should come as no surprise.
*Editor's note: I think the idea that we tidy these stories up for kids is a misconception. They were originally meant for kids when in their most gruesome forms. We're just tidying up the stories and kids at once as we go along.