Producer Juliet Blake ("The Hundred-Foot Journey") is set to develop a live-action "Hansel and Gretel" movie after her Four Chickens for a Fiver banner acquired feature film rights to Neil Gaiman's upcoming graphic novel about the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale.
The story is "Stardust" and "Coraline" author Gaiman's take on the fairytale about a brother and sister threatened by a witch living in a candy house.
He says: "For me, 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. I'm thrilled and delighted to be working with Juliet Blake to bring Hansel and Gretel to the world again, and to show people how much this story has to say to us."
Gaiman's book, illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti, will be released in October.