Fifteen fictional years on, the young Hansel and Gretel of yore are now gun-toting witchhunters in the new film adaptation, Hansel and Gretel Witchhunters
, by Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola
. Gone is the childish innocence of the pair as they confront witches, armed with machine guns in the new R-rated action feature. Written by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800's, the well-known children's fairy tale has undergone a radical shift in genre.
Adaptation of children's literature is of course nothing new. Notably, the Harry Potter film series took J.K. Rowling's oeuvre to the big screen - providing a visual representation to the imaginary of the words. While some posit that film adaptation of literature (of any kind) is fraught with the expectations of fans - some of whom prefer that the original not be touched; remakes can indeed be a source for artistic licence upon which to modify and transform genres according to a film maker's creativity.
Can adaptations be seen as an extension of previously published works? Will hansel and gretel be up to the challenge to become a new work of art of its own?
to check out Kirby Ferguson's TEDtalk about human adaption - of 'embracing the remix' of human creativity.