I may have suggested once that Hansel and Gretel head for the big screen, but I never imagined it would be as witch hunters. The Hollywood Reporter posts that Norwegian writer/director Tommy Wirkola is cooking up Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, for Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Sanchez Prods. to produce. Set 15 years after the incident at the tasty house, Hansel and Gretel are now "specialized bounty hunters looking to put down the cackling black-hat set."

McKay says: "It's a hybrid sort of old-timey feeling, yet there's pump-action shotguns. Modern technology but in an old style. We heard it and we were just like, 'That's a freakin' franchise! You could make three of those!' " Hansel and Gretel, the franchise. That'd be the day! Hold onto your hats though -- Wirkola is still working on the outline, so we've got a long wait ahead.

Meanwhile, it's time for dueling Paradise Lost features. Two years ago, a feature was in the works that would focus on the war of Milton's epic poem, while leaving in enough religion to appeal to faith audiences. Now THR not only states that the project is still in the works for Warner Bros., but that an indie version is now gearing up. Veteran producer Martin Poll is moving ahead with the feature that he started pitching back in the '60s. Talk about determination!

He wrote a script with the late John Collier, kept renewing the option, and now STV Networks is biting. David Dunham and Patricia Li Bryan are set to play Adam and Eve, and they're currently looking for a star to play Satan, and a director to helm the thing. I know I just wowed over him playing a god in Clash of the Titans, but Danny Huston would make one charismatic devil. Who would you cast?
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