I’m sort of fascinated by the upcoming Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters. The idea is clever enough — it’s basically spelled out in the title — and in the right hands it’s got some good fantasy potential. The director, Tommy Wirkola has a great deal of promise, having previously directed the entertaining but ultimately off-mark Dead Snow, aka “The Nazi Zombie Movie.” Given a better script and a larger budget, he may hit closer to the mark.
Then, they found their Hansel in Jeremy Renner (who is beginning to show up everywhere — not that that’s a bad thing), and people started paying attention. Then, the news broke that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace would be Gretel, and it got even more interesting. Sadly, that rumor has ultimately not paid off, and Rapace is moving on. She’s being replaced by English actress Gemma Arterton, a lovely actress who’s been in a series of decidedly mixed bags. This won’t be her first foray into genre films — she co-starred in two of the biggest, if also stupidest, adaptations of last year: Clash Of The Titans and Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time. Arterton has demonstrated that she can be better than that crap though — she was solid in The Disappearance Of Alice Creed, and has popped up in a bunch of solid smaller films like Rocknrolla, Pirate Radio and she had a small, but good turn in Quantum Of Solace.
Anyway, there you go. No news on any other cast yet, and who the witches they hunt are will certainly be interesting. Wait and see. And stay away from old ladies with promises of snacks and warm beds.