"We'd gotten a taste of blood. Witch blood."
The latest in an increasingly long line of revisionist fairy tales is coming on January 13, and it's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) star as the brother and sister who fought off a candy-centric witch in their youth and now spend their adult days fighting off the rest of her supernatural kind. But this adventure is different… unless you've seen The Brothers Grimm, in which case it looks eerily familiar. Peter Stormare might even be playing the same role.
Tommy Wirkola, the director of the Nazi zombie comedy Dead Snow, makes his big Hollywood debut with Hansel & Gretel, a film that looks like it plays fast and loose with historical accuracy (and German accents), but also like it's having a lot of fun turning the fairy tale victims into badasses. We're a little disappointed that Gretel has to get herself kidnapped, and that the whole "brother and sister" thing precludes a sexy Renner/Arterton romance, but otherwise this looks like it could a fun, imaginative bit of fantasy badass nonsense. What do you think?
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters opens in the U.S. on January 25 and in Australia on February 7, 2013.