‘Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters’: First Image & Gemma Arterton Interview

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Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters cast Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters: First Image & Gemma Arterton Interview

Arguably, the most “unorthodox” fairy tale re-imagining due out in 2012 is not Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman; rather, that label belongs to Paramount Pictures’ Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters (no colon in the title, says the studio) starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as grown-up versions of the famous siblings.

This particular Brothers Grimm-based project cost some $60 million and was shot in 3D on location in Germany, under the direction of Tommy Wirkola, the filmmaker responsible for Kill Buljo: The Movie (a.k.a. a Norwegian parody of Kill Bill) and the winter-set Nazi zombie exploitation flick, Dead Snow.

If that doesn’t sound strange enough: the plot of Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters revolves around adult versions of the eponymous duo, who have matured into highly-efficient bounty hunters that specialize in hunting down and executing witches, sorceresses, and similar (dangerous) supernatural-powered people. Suffice it to say, any trace of the innocent children who got lost in the woods and captured by a gingerbread house witch (one who almost turned them into dinner) is long gone.

Check out Arteron and Renner as Gretel and Hansel (respectively) in this newly-released image (via EW) below:


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Arterton seems to be channeling Kate Beckinsale in the Underworld series here, dressed in a dark (not skin-tight, but form-fitting) period-style leather outfit. Likewise, Renner sounds and looks to be playing a variation on his Hawkeye persona in The Avengers – albeit here his weapon of choice is a stocky rifle, not a bow-and-arrow. Odd though it may sound, but Hansel and Gretel look sufficiently badass.

On that note: previously-releated details concerning the Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters screenplay pegged it as being a R-Rated affair that mixes some impressively gory supernatural violence and exciting set pieces with a partly tongue-in-cheek thematic tone that recalls the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show. In her EW interview, Arterton offers support for that idea, as she says the film is “very, very dark, and bloodthirsty and there’s a lot of cursing. It’s kind of got a [Quentin] Tarantino feel, really.”

Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters was co-written by Wirkola and Dante Harper, the latter of which has primarily worked as a post-production supervisor and is making a screenwriting debut here. Hence why it’s (honestly) kind of difficult to say whether this project will amount to a fun bit of popcorn entertainment – or just a lame variation on a famous fairy tale.

Look for the film’s trailer to be available on Screen Rant for viewing, soon.


Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters is slated to hit 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on March 2nd, 2012.

Source: EW

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  1. Yessssssssssssssssssss

  2. Actually, this looks, and sounds, interesting to me. Not something I’ll take my 13 & 14 year old children to but it does sound like a fun, satirical, popcorn flick.

  3. The thing that makes me want to see it, besides Arterton and Renner, is the fact it’s R rated. The story sounds intriguing too, nearly being cooked by a witch has gotta screw with your head so hopefully they will be slightly deranged ass kickers!

    • Exactly what I was thinking! Add the fact their parents just dumped them in the woods with a loaf of bread, yes they have to be screwed in the head. Instant must see on my list based on concept alone.

    • I agree. If it keeps the R rating, I will definitely be there. If the studios step in and edit it for a PG13 broader audience, I’m out.

  4. Seems to evoke more adult themes and atmosphere as Snow White and the Huntsman seems too!

  5. Dude r-rated? I’ll be there. Gemma Arterton is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen, she’s got a glow about her that always makes me wonder why I haven’t seen more of her. Jeremy Renner is a total badass and he brings this great realism to every character he’s ever played cuz he don’t take no sh*t from nobody. But the thing that really catches my eye is the director. Dead Snow could’ve been like any boring, trashy, poorly produced horror import but instead it was a deftly shot, engaging, creative and exciting horror movie designed to be a really fun viewing experience. Hopefully he’ll bring a great rawness and some cool hardcore visuals.

  6. Funnily enough when Gemma Arterton compared this film being akin to a Tarantino movie I immediately had the original From Dusk Till Dawn come to mind.

  7. Arterton is channelling Beckinsale but from Van Helsing not Underworld. Actually this kind of reminds me of Van Helsing in away. Like a spin-off or something.

  8. Looks cool.

  9. Looks promising, love the leads, and really cool idea that H and G never lost their taste for disposing of evil witches.

  10. Can’t wait to watch this movie..

  11. They are supposed to be brother and sister, and yet Gemma is 25 while Jeremy is 40. Wah? Renner can be Arterton’s uncle. Maybe a cool uncle, but still an uncle. Meh.

  12. I swear this sounds a lot like an R Rated version of the TV show GRIMM. In fact the premise for this movie sounds like a potential TV series if GRIMM were not already in production.

  13. I want to watch Chantell and grital