It’s a childhood classic, seen in a whole new light. For clarification’s sake, CFL bulbs are whole new lights, too, but you don’t see anyone buying tickets to watch them. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are the titular brother and sister team in HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, all growed up and battling Famke Janssen as a super-witch with a plan to alter the balance of power between automatic crossbow-wielding siblings and the practitioners of dark magic. All-in-all, a fun idea, but unfortunately, in the hands of director Tommy Wirkola, execution does not rise up to what’s on the page. Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons take a look at this latest attempt to revise and update classic literature, and discuss what went wrong.
Also: What’s coming to theaters next week.
Check out video clips, interviews, and trailers from HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, the R-rated action-oriented updating of the Grimm Fairy tale, which Paramount Pictures opens on January 25, 2013. Writer-director Tommy Wirkola (DEAD SNOW) explains the genesis and production of the film, which he conceived years ago. Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner discuss playing adult-aged versions of the familiar characters – no longer lost little children but formidable heroes who make a living destroying witches. Famke Janssen checks in with a few words about her role as their nemesis, Muriel.
Also included are some clips from the film. You can few all the videos in the embedded player, or find them on Cinefantastique’s YouTube Channel.
Paramount Pictures offers up this R-rated, action-oriented spin on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Tommy Wirkola (DEAD SNOW) directed from a script he co-wrote with Dante Harper. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the title characters, here portrayed as adult witch-hunters. Famke Janssen co-stars as the witch Muriel. Peter Stormare, Thomas Mann, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, and Derek Mears are also in the cast.
U.S Theatrical Release Date: January 25, 2013 (includes engagements in 3D and IMAX 3D)
See more clips and interviews from HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS on Cinefantastique’s YouTube Channel.