A live-action Hansel & Gretel movie based on the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman has been optioned for the screen and is being developed by Juliet Blake. The graphic novel was illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti and will be released this October.
Based on the famous fairytale, the story follows the brother and sister who discover a candy house that’s essentially a trap for kids set up by a wicked witch.
In a press release for the project, Gaiman said,
“For me, retelling Hansel and Gretel was a way of telling an old tale in a way that made it immediate and true, and about us, now. It reminds us of how paper thin civilization really is. It’s about hunger, and about families. I’m thrilled and delighted to be working with Juliet Blake to bring Hansel and Gretel to the world again, and to show people how much this story has to say to us.”
There is no word on when production will begin on the Hansel & Gretel live-action adaptation. Blake has not announced whether or not she will also be directing the picture but she will be producing.
No talent has been announced for the project or who Gaiman or Blake will look towards to star.