Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola is still on the warpath, working on his next film, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. As you might remember, Dead Snow is the Nazi zombies in the snow flick that first splashed down at Sundance this year and has been all over the festival circuit ever since.
Wirkola has now brought a writer on to the project, which will be a Shaun of the Dead and The Brothers Grimm inspired take on the classic tale of two kids who narrowly escape being thrown into an oven. It is set in the aftermath of Hansel and Gretel’s first encounter with the wicked witch of the woods — in which they have returned to slay witches left and right. Writer Dante Harper, who has reportedly been working with David Fincher on the adaptation of the Charles Burns comic Black Hole (a project long thought to be dead at Paramount), has joined the team.
Once again, I will reiterate my excitement for this project. Wirkola has a flair for impressive visuals and this dark, comedic and potentially violent take on Hansel and Gretel, set 15 years later, is one that sounds like a lot of fun. We’ll see how it all turns out, but for now I can be counted among the interested.