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Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton have started work on Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow). The first spy pics are already out, and the show the two actors suited up to kill some witches. Bigger images are below. Read More »

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In April of last year, Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola dropped a weird bomb: his follow-up film would be Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which catches up with Hansel and Gretel fifteen years after a witch tried to turn them into dinner.

We haven’t heard much about the film since screenwriter Dante Harper was hired to write. (He wrote David Fincher’s unproduced Black Hole comic adaptation, and All You Need is Kill.) There was recent indication that casting was about to begin for a shoot taking place later this year. Now we’ve got two names to lead the cast: Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers, the new Mission: Impossible) and Nooomi Rapace, famous from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Read More »

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Assuming that the majority of this information is valid, there are going to be about two dozen worth of news stories crammed in one here, so brace yourselves.

According to a leaked email exposing Paramount’s upcoming movie slate, they’re going to be pretty busy over the next few years, working on a slew of potentially promising projects that are either set to go ahead or awaiting further script developments. Find out which of their films you have to look forward to after the break. Read More »

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Gets a New Writer

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Writer / director Tommy Wirkola got on the map with Dead Snow, his zombie Nazi movie that hit a few festivals over the last year. Now he’s looking to follow that up with a film that catches up with Hansel and Gretel fifteen years after a witch tried to turn them into dinner. We heard about this one, called Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, for the first time back in April. The project is still kicking, and it has a new writer, who hails from David Fincher’s camp. Read More »

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A good part of the hype surrounding Tommy Wirkola‘s Dead Snow predates any screenings of the film, or even trailers or posters, and springs from the film’s central premise alone: Nazi Zombies. That basic setup is all it took to get the film coverage across the whole geekosphere. I guess Wirkola is something of a master pitchman, then, because it seems like his potential follow up is moving ahead on the basis of another dynamite hook that sounds like fun but doesn’t actually have any particular depth to it.

According to producer Adam McKay, here’s what sold Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters:

The idea is, they’ve grown up and they hunt witches. It’s a hybrid sort of old-timey feeling, yet there’s pump-action shotguns. Modern technology but in an old style. We heard it and we were just like, ‘That’s a freakin’ franchise! You could make three of those!’

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