Neil Gaiman's Hansel and Gretel graphic novel is being developed for the big screen by The Hundred-Foot Journey producer Juliet Blake. The film will be live-action.

The story follows the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale about a brother and sister threatened by a witch living inside a candy house. Lorenzo Mattotti illustrated the book, which will be in stores this October. Juliet Blake is producing through her Four Chickens for a Fiver banner.

About the yet unpublished work of art, Neil Gaiman stated,

"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 civilization really is. It's about hunger, and about families.

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."

Neil Gaiman has had his previous books Coraline and Stardust adapted into movies, and he currently has his Sandman comics in development with Warner Bros and DC, which has Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to produce and possibly headline.

Paramount released Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters last year, which earned $225 million worldwide. A sequel for that movie has already been announced.

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