Why do we consider Hansel & Gretel a children’s story? What about being left to die in the woods is kid-friendly? How G-rated could a cannibal witch ever be? Well, Orion Pictures doesn’t think the Brothers Grimm story is for kids at all, which is why they’re producing Gretel and Hansel. A dark reinterpretation of the fairy tale, Gretel and Hansel will go full-on horror to tell the tale of the edible duo, and the most recent news we got about the film reaffirms this. According to Collider, Orion Pictures has tapped director Oz Perkins for the project.

Horror fans will recognize Perkins’s name for several different reasons. Firstly, he was the director behind Netflix’s haunted house hit I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. Secondly, he wrote the script for the last film Wes Craven ever did, The Girl in the Photographs. Finally, horror fans might recognize him as the son of Psycho‘s Norman Bates himself, Anthony Perkins. With horror chops like that, Perkins is sure to bring darkness and depravity into the classic children’s tale.

Well, more darkness and depravity.

Also behind Gretel and Hansel is Sinister producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Rob Hayes, writer of Netflix’s Chewing Gum. Collider doesn’t give a release date for the film, but it does mention that production will begin this fall. Until then, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on any Gretel and Hansel news that surfaces.

What’s your favorite “kids’ story” that is entirely inappropriate for kids? Or should there be more horror in children’s entertainment? I mean, Peppa Pig‘s got to encounter a hungry farmer sometime, right? Give us a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to let us know. And for news on every movie that’s rather “grim” (Haha get it? Sorry about the Peppa Pig thing.), keep lurking at Nightmare on Film Street.


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