Neil Gaiman’s ‘Hansel & Gretel’ Starts Journey to Big Screen

hansel and gretel gaimanEven as a Sandman movie takes its first steps at Warner Bros. and American Gods moves from HBO to Starz, an adaptation of another Neil Gaiman book is heading into development.

Variety reports that Juliet Blake, who partnered with Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey to produce The Hundred-Foot Journey, has acquired the film rights to Hansel & Gretel, the forthcoming reimagining of the Brothers Grimm tale by Gaiman and illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti.

“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,” Gaiman said in a statement. “It reminds us of how paper thin civilization really is. It’s about hunger, and about families.”

Hansel & Gretel will be published Oct. 28 by Toon Books. Gaiman’s earlier works Coraline and Stardust have already been adapted for the big screen. Like the latter, Hansel & Gretel will be live-action.

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