Director Tommy Wirkola’s (Dead Snow) big budget take on the Hansel and Gretel story was pushed back from March this year to January next year way back at the end of January. It was presumed this was to improve the 3D in the film, and also make full use of what is now deemed a popular month for this sort of film after the success of The Devil Inside this year.
Collider have released some information which also points to the fact that Paramount want to get a version of the film that is absolutely right to make it a success. The website reports that apparently two versions of the film have been played at test screenings, with IMDB reviewers reporting both a hard R-rated version, and a tamer PG-13 version.
The IMDB reports appear to be false, and Collider’s sources tell them that both versions are indeed R-rated, just one is slightly tamer. It sounds like Paramount are absolutely aiming for an R-rated version of the film which see’s a now grown up Hansel and Gretel (played by Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) out for revenge. Producer Adam McKays says the film is ”a hybrid sort of old-timey feeling, yet there’s pump-action shotguns.” Gemma Arterton describes the film ”as much Pulp Fiction as fairy tale”
The idea that Paramount want to make the film as graphic and violent as possible is great for genre fans, and those who have seen the test screenings have spoken very highly of what they have seen. One user compared the “silly” tone favorably to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Drive Angry 3D. So basically we’re in for a fun, violent ride with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and with two impressive actors leading the way, this should turn out great.
Hopefully a trailer will be made available soon.
By Matt Wavish