Over the weekend, two “first look” images popped up online. One for Clash of the Titans 2, the other for Hansel and Gretel. Below you will find both, along with some commentary.
Call me a new age nansy pansy, but I have an ear-to-ear smile when classic fairy tales get re-imagined in some ridiculous modern way. Such as the case with NBC’s Grimm and ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which I am lovin’ the shit out of. What can I say, my cynicism is defenseless against “everything old is new again” type stuff (Remakes and re-imaginings are two very diffrent things), especially any kind of Grimm and Aesop tale. So with that said, I’m kinda diggin’ the Paramount Pictures and MGM joint Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen, H&G: Witch Hunters is a re-imagining of the dark classic story. It explores what happened to Hansel and Gretel 15 years after the gingerbread house incident. They have become bounty hunters that specialize in tracking down and killing witches! The photo above gives us a good look at Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton). The movie was directed by Dead Snow’s Tommy Wirkola.
Arterton recently spoke to EW about the tone of the film and revealed that it is a mix of Pulp Fiction and fairly tale. Here are some excerpts from the interview (AFTER THE JUMP):
How does this movie incorporate the original Brothers Grimm tale? Is that story kind of a prologue?
Yes, it continues it. You see a series of flashbacks with their experience of killing that first witch, which is brilliant. I remember being on set for the final few days of that. The candy house, and the witches are really repulsive and quite frightening. The makeup is out of this world. It’s this bone-chilling scene. Very dark. The girl who plays my character is brilliant, with the horrified expression she has.
Folktales like this have been told over and over again, changing every time. What’s the constant that your movie picks up?
They resonate with your fears, that’s how these fairy tales worked. They scared you into behaving. This one in particular is about abandonment and being lost and parents leaving you. The heart of it is that these kids grow up to be bloodthirsty witch hunters. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, really. What would Hansel and Gretel be in 15 years time?
Though it’s comedic, deep down it’s about abused kids becoming kind of hyper-responsible?
But it’s also very, very dark, and bloodthirsty and there’s a lot of cursing. It’s kind of got a [Quentin] Tarantino feel, really.
Interesting. So instead of Jules and Vincent, we have Hansel and Gretel. And beyond being killers, they’re siblings who feel they need to protect each other?
We spent a lot of time thinking about that and behaving like brother and sister, making it detailed so it wasn’t just two actors kicking butt, really. That would get boring. In our minds, these are two people who grew up with no parents and they only have each other and the bond they have, and with the complexities of that, some resentment.
They would be pretty messed up, come to think of it. After nearly being eaten …
They had to murder somebody when they are kids! So it’s all about being tough. Jeremy and I found within the script moments where we showed the vulnerable side of them. Often in action movies, people are scared to put that in. I think it was important. Just a couple moments, tender moments, when the guard drops, then you understand.
What differentiates the brother and sister?
Gretel is much more in tune with her spiritual side. Hansel is a typical action hero, cheeky, funny, a womanizer. She’s much more of a thinker, intense, internal and bit more open-minded than he is.
Renner says his Hansel is like Han Solo. Is Gretel a tough wisecracker, too? Or is she Chewbacca?
Even though Gretel is very tough and can handle herself, she’s still a girl. [Laughs.] She’s got feminine ways.
The original Clash of the Titans (1981) had me donning a bed-sheet toga and flailing a stick sword whilst looking for adventure. The 2010 remake had me fashioning the bed-sheet in a noose while I had friend on hand to poke me with a stick to make sure I was dead. As you can tell, I love myself too much to off myself, but the flick pushed me to the edge with it’s horrid script, complete and udder disregard to mythology and it’s shit 3D . Now Warner Bros. wants to do it to me all over again with a sequel.
With an image courtesy of Entertainment Weekly (above), I can see Clash of the Titans: Wrath of the Titans looks like it will be just like the first one. Only this time, Sam Worthington is rocking a shaggy new mane. Story wise, Zeus has been kidnapped by Hades, and Perseus has to travel to the underworld to save his dear old dad. Oi!
Wrath of the Titans hits theaters March 30.