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.