Paramount has seen fit to make an adaptation of the old folk tale Hansel and Gretel, but with an edgier twist. It’s called Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and it stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the titular characters, though a bit older than most might remember them from childhood stories.
These sorts of movies tend to bounce back and forth between the “R” and the “PG-13” ratings as producers decide whether or not they want to appeal to a wider, younger audience or just stick with some serious blood, guts and violence. Often this struggle ends with the more family-friendly (and thus watered-down) version making the grade, which can spell disaster. Just watch the atrocity that is 2004’s Van Helsing if you don’t believe me.
Reports say that Paramount has decided to take the grittier “R” route, so it looks like Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters will be getting the full treatment. Expect witches to be dying in proper fashion with an appropriate amount of gore. Who knows, there may even be some boobies thrown in as a bonus!
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is currently set to release at the beginning of next year on January 11th.
Thanks to slashfilm for the heads-up.