The twenty-fourth episode of The Reel Fantasy Podcast – our Halloween episode – featured 2013’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. Feeling a little bit of fairy action burnout, Matt and Drew didn’t find it to be much of a treat.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a super-edgy action-adventure take on the traditional fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel, starring Jeremy Renner as Hansel; Gemma Arterton as Gretel; Famke Janssen as Muriel; and Peter Stormare as Sheriff Berringer.
The film was produced by Will Ferrell’s company, Gary Sanchez Productions. After Wirkola’s independent horror-comedy, Dead Snow, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, he was contacted by Gary Sanchez Productions, pitched the idea of an adult Hansel and Gretel hunting witches, and it was immediately snapped up. There is reportedly a sequel in the works, although there have also been reports of a possible television series. Although, neither of those have come to fruition yet, so…who knows?
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