|First look image from Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters|
(You can see my original post about this movie from October 2009 HERE - the details on the film start about halfway down.)
We can expect a trailer on Thursday next week and since yesterday, we're getting our first looks at how Hansel and Gretel have grown up.
As Entertainment Weekly puts it: "What kind of adult does a kid become after surviving a trip to a cannibalistic witch’s gingerbread house?"According to Director Tommy Wirkola, that would be fairy tale meets Quentin Tarantino (think very dark), with a somewhat comic edge. Oh, and shotguns.
The (current) official synopsis:
“Fifteen years after their traumatic gingerbread-house incident, siblings Hansel and Gretel have become a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.”
|Gretel by Chris Rahn (thanks Roderick!)|
The two lead actors are starting to take interviews on the film, explaining a little of what the film will be like and what drew them to the project:
Excerpts from an interview with Jeremy Renner (playing Hansel):
"It's in a wonderful fairy tale world that's a bit gritty, a bit fun. It should be a good ride... Unlike other films of its ilk, "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" takes place many years after the fairy tale look place. Let's just say having a witch almost eat them when they were children left the young candy-happy kids a bit emotionally scarred.Excerpt from an Entertainment Weekly interview with Gemma Arteron (playing Gretel):
"Fairy tale endings. Doesn't it sound like they're supposed to be happy? Well it's not. So it takes Hansel and Gretel, we last left them killing a witch as children after they were left in the forest to die," Renner said, setting up the plot. "It's many years later and they have a grudge against witches so they decide to become bounty hunters and they kill witches for a living. Sounds actually kind of the right thing, I suppose."
EW: How does this movie incorporate the original Brothers Grimm tale? Is that story kind of a prologue?
Gemma: Yes, it continues it. You see a series of flashbacks with their experience of killing that first witch, which is brilliant. I remember being on set for the final few days of that. The candy house, and the witches are really repulsive and quite frightening. The makeup is out of this world. It’s this bone-chilling scene. Very dark. The girl who plays my character is brilliant, with the horrified expression she has.
“You see a series of flashbacks with their experience of killing that first witch, which is brilliant,” the 25-year-old actress teased. “I remember being on set for the final few days of that. The candy house, and the witches are really repulsive and quite frightening,” she added. “The makeup is out of this world. It’s this bone-chilling scene.” (source for 2nd quote HERE.)
|Gemma Arteron & Jeremy Renner on set of Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters|
So I'm thinking Buffy and her brother Van Helsing go on witch hunts - but on steroids. It won't be everyone's cup of tea but it may just be mine. ;) I'm looking forward to seeing the trailer next week.
*The one movie poster around is actually from a Michael Bay project (see it HERE) about which we haven't seen much of either. It's easy to see how the details get mixed up.