Adam McKay, who’s best known for directing and co-writing comedies such as Step Brothers and Talladega Nights, has turned his eye toward our genre and will be one of the producers on Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. In a recent interview he touched upon possible casting choices for the new film that might not sit so well with some fans.
While discussing Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters with the MTV Movies Blog, McKay mentioned that “with ‘Twilight’ getting so big, there are a lot of young actors who are perfect for these roles … our producer met with some of the actors from that, unofficially and without them reading the script. They had some conversations. It’s such a great script that I have a feeling people are going to be dying to play roles in it. Also, the witches are awesome in it. Nasty, mean witches, and we’ll get some great actresses for them as well.”
Okay, we can live with a few Twilight kids in this flick as long as McKay sticks to his promise that “it’s got kind of like a steampunk vibe mixed with a little bit of a Goth edge and hyper-cartoon violence like ‘Kick-Ass’ and all set in a very specific world. It’s not a comedy. Although, you could say ‘Kick-Ass’ had some really funny stuff in it. It’s a comedy in that sense. It’s like a Sam Raimi-type horror movie, like ‘Evil Dead II,’ only a little nastier, a little more modern.”
The storyline for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters picks up the fairy tale siblings 15 years after their traumatic gingerbread house incident, which provoked them to become witch bounty hunters. Assuming Paramount greenlights the film by mid-May and the casting falls into place shortly thereafter, we can expect filming to start this fall. For more from McKay, including the inevitable “franchise” possibilities of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, hit up the above link to read the interview in its entirety.
And, since we’re talking Twilight actors, how about giving Kellan Lutz a shot? He was far and away one of the best things about the new Nightmare on Elm Street even if his screen time was cut a bit short.
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