Will Ferrell, Adam McKay Producing ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’

One of the most buzzed about films at Sundance was Tommy Wirkola’s Nazi zombie thriller, “Dead Snow,” which pits a few medical students against icy and undead members of the Third Reich. It can be pretty hard to follow up that kind of gutsiness, but Wirkola is already hard at work on a new idea titled “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” and he’s already attracted the attention of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story will follow what happened to Hansel and Gretel after they used their wits to escape from that child-eating witch. Fifteen years later, they’re bounty hunters who slay anything wearing a pointy black hat.

“The idea is, they’ve grown up and they hunt witches,” McKay says. “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!’ ”

Wirkola pitched the idea to their production shingle, Gary Sanchez Production via their newest member, Kevin Messick. Farrell and McKay loved it so much they picked it up, and will produce it with Messick and Wirkola for Paramount. As the Norwegian writer/director hashes out his Hansel and Gretel update, you can check out his “Dead Snow” in theaters this June, and see what you think of Wirkola’s horror-comedy sense.

Readers, do you’d like to see Hansel and Gretel as bounty hunters? Do you trust the taste of Ferrell and McKay?