Briefly: Paramount has got Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters just about packaged and ready to shoot, with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in the lead roles as grown-up Hansel and Gretel, who have dealt with their childhood trauma at the hand of a witch by hunting other witches. (Cheaper than therapy, and probably more fun.) Famke Janssen plays the leader of the witches being hunted by our heroes. Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) directs.
Now the film has a March 2, 2012 release date, and we know that MGM will co-finance the film. Which is weird, given that MGM has been looking to other studios to co-finance its own films. Chalk it up to bridge-building. Spyglass Entertainment is now running MGM, and the heads of that company have a long-standing friendship with Paramount, so it mostly makes sense. Oh, and in Deadline‘s report about the release date the film is called Hansel & Gretel 3D. Contacted for clarification, Paramount reps say that, yes, the film is in 3D (we knew that) but it is still called Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Minor news on the Snow White battle front today. We’ve talked twice about Julia Roberts possibly joining the cast of Relativity’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, to be directed by Tarsem Singh. First time was when she was rumored, then when it looked like she would take the plunge. Now we’ve got confirmation that Tarsem’s evil queen will be Julia Roberts.
No word on further casting for the film at this point, but with one of the most famous actresses in the world as the evil queen, one imagines the rest of the cast won’t take long to fall into place. This also puts the Snow White battle into a more pitched mode — neither Relativity or Universal (which has Snow White and the Huntsman set to shoot) seem willing to back down. Are we really going to end up with two big Snow White revamps? [Deadline]
After the break, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters also gets a female villain. Read More »
Will 2011 be a year of cinematic fairy tale revamps? There are dueling Snow White films in the works, and now Paramount has taken the next step to move forward with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Jeremy Renner was said to be circling the role of the adult Hansel, which is now apparently a locked piece of casting, and now Paramount has cast Gemma Arterton as his sister Gretel. Read More »