Neil Gaiman's Hansel & Gretel graphic novel to be made into movie
A brand new Hollywood adaptataion of classic fairy tale Hansel & Gretel has been announced, with the film this time based on a new graphic novel from celebrated author Neil Gaiman.
Gaiman's new take on the Brothers Grimm classic has yet to be published, but the film rights have already been snapped up by producer Juliet Blake, who recently joined forces with Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey to produce new drama The Hundred-Foot Journey, which stars Helen Mirren, reports Variety.
Speaking about the project, Gaiman said: "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. 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 civilisation really is. It's about hunger, and about families."
This is the third time in recent years Gaiman's work has been adapted for the big screen, with his novels Coraline and Stardust already movies. TV adaptations of his novel American Gods and his graphic novel series Sandman are both currently in development.
This is also the second time in recent years that Hansel & Gretel have been adapted for a Hollywood movie, a new version named Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which starred Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner, was released in 2013.