Grimm's classic Fairy Tale Hansel and Gretel is getting a brand new 3D, action-packed visual effects filled adaptation. The new film is being developed by Kalliope Films and Michael Bay's The Institute. The classic story follows two young kids who stumble upon a house made of candy, and a witch the likes to eat children.
I have no idea what to expect from this film. I love the story of Hansel and Gretel, it's extreamly dark and disturbing and could make for a great horror film. One of the things the film will do is introduce some legendary creatures from German mythology, which are being created by Joseph C. Pepe, the lead character designer from Avatar. This definitely has the potential to be a fun movie, I just hope it doesn't end up being a cheaply made bad film.
There's also another Hansel and Gretel movie being made called Hansel and Gretel: Bounty Hunters which sounds pretty awesome. It being directed by Norwegian co-writer and director of the horror comedy Dead Snow Tommy Wirkola. This movie 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.
Hansel and Gretel 3D will be a live-action film that will start shooting in Germany in the spring 2011.
Here's the Official Announcement:
The Grimm Brothers’ world famous duo Hansel and Gretel are heading to the big screen in 3D!
LOS ANGELES, CA (JULY 19TH, 2010) — “Hansel and Gretel in 3D” is an action packed visual FX filled version of the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairytale. In addition to the infamous witch in the gingerbread house, the film showcases the legendary creatures of German mythology. These Teutonic beings will be designed by Joseph C. Pepe, the lead character designer from Avatar. The film is live action.
The movie is being produced by The Institute and Kalliope Films. The Institute was co-founded by Michael Bay and Scott Gardenhour. Kalliope Films was founded by Kira Madallo Sesay. The movie is scheduled for a spring 2011 shoot on location in Germany. Scott Gardenhour and Kira Madallo Sesay are the producers on the film. “Hansel and Gretel in 3D” exemplifies The Institute’s motto: “Where Brand Science Meets Great Storytelling.”
About The Institute:
The Institute is a multi platform media company that integrates exceptional creativity with brand marketing discipline to produce the best in entertainment.
Their unique model employs consumer engagement, marketing, production, financing, and distribution, resulting in marketing and entertainment products that correspond with consumer demand. No matter the length, medium, or format, The Institute generates innovative content to connect with consumers and audiences, create efficiencies, and, ultimately, drive profits.
Founded in 2001 by Scott Gardenhour and Michael Bay, The Institute boasts an interdisciplinary team of creative thinkers who develop engaging and entertaining content for film, television, commercials, the web, apps, games, and beyond. Gardenhour and Bay’s extensive and award-winning experience has guided The Institute’s creation of effective marketing & multi-media productions for brand leaders such as Audi, Nike, Hallmark, Burger King, Wal-Mart, Toshiba, Chase Bank, LG, AT&T. Our creative teams have produced and/or directed big screen blockbusters such as “Pearl Harbor,” “Armageddon,” “Coyote Ugly,” “Jumper,” “Transformers,” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” In 2006, The Institute earned the coveted Emmy Award for “Required Reading,” a groundbreaking long-format commercial produced for Hallmark.
About Kalliope Films: Kalliope Films is a film production company founded by Kira Madallo Sesay. The company’s mission is to produce high quality, entertaining and profitable feature films of varying genres for an international audience. It is a forward thinking group, which enthusiastically embraces new media technology. Kalliope Films recognizes the importance of keeping up with the constantly evolving world of film production in the new millennium. Always open to new ideas and collaborations, the company works in conjunction with various international co-producers. Kalliope Films has offices in Europe and the US.