Neil Gaiman’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’ To Become Live Action Movie | Film News
On October 28, Neil Gaiman – writer of both Stardust and Coraline, both of which made for incredibly popular movies – is releasing his graphic novel version of Hansel and Gretel. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this graphic novel already has a movie adaptation in place.
The plan is to produce a live action movie of the upcoming graphic novel – which is illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti – and Steven Spielberg, Juliet Blake, and Oprah Winfrey are joining forces in order to develop the upcoming movie project. Gaiman says that for him, “retelling Hansel and Gretel was a way of telling an old tale in a way that made it immediate and true, and about us, now. It reminds us of how paper thin civilization really is. It’s about hunger and about families”.
Now, the illustrations for the graphic novel look very dark indeed, and I would not be at all surprised if we saw something very gothic and dark as the final product considering that Hansel and Gretel was perhaps one of the Grimm Brothers’ darkest tales. Personally, I can’t help but feel that an animated version of the graphic novel might be able to explore such a dark and dangerous world more fully, as we saw in the masterpiece that was Coraline, but this is an exciting project nonetheless, and I’m sure that I, among many others, cannot wait to see the finished product.