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?