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Neil Gaiman’s Hansel & Gretel Set for Hollywood?

September 6th, 2014 by Dave Bowling Comments

Former Farscape Exec Producer Juliet Blake is developing a live-action Hansel and Gretel movie.

Through her Four Chickens for a Fiver production company, Blake has acquired feature rights to Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel version of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale before the book even hits the shelves. Gaiman’s book, illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti, will be released in October.

Regarding the adaptation, Gaiman had this to say: “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… I’m thrilled and delighted to be working with Juliet Blake to bring Hansel and Gretel to the world again, and to show people how much this story has to say to us.”

Gaiman’s books Coraline and Stardust were also adapted into films. The last attempt at telling the classic Brothers Grimm tale on the big screen, Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, brought worldwide grosses of roughly $225 million despite poor critical reception.

Source: Variety

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...

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