Neil Gaiman, fantasy superstar and hero to nerds the world over, has landed himself yet another film adaptation. This time, it’s his graphic novel version of the classic Hansel and Gretel tale, which is being grimly illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti. Producer Juliet Blake, who worked with Stephen Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey to bring food-porn Hundred-Foot Journey to the big screen, has optioned the rights before Gaiman’s book has even been published.
If you recall the not-great witch hunting film that was released just last year, it might be a bit puzzling as to why anyone would bother to take another swing at it so soon. Well, surprisingly, the previous film wasn’t a total bomb, and reimagining fairy tales has been all the rage for the past few years. And, if Mattotti’s illustrations are any sign of the feeling of the film, it’ll most likely be an overbearingly dark, tense study of the fables and foibles of humanity. Gaiman said of his decision to retell the story, “It reminds us of how paper thin civilization really is. It’s about hunger, and about families.” Sounds appealingly bleak.