HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS
TOMMY WIRKOLA (Writer / Director)
Tommy Wirkola first captured the attention of Hollywood with DEAD SNOW, an outlandish horror film he wrote and directed about an army of Nazi zombies haunting some woods in contemporary Norway. After a sold out midnight screening of his film at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Wirkola landed both an agent and the interest of producers in hearing what other original ideas the talented young Norwegian filmmaker had in mind as a follow up film. Wirkola's first Hollywood meeting was with Adam McKay, Kevin Messick and Chris Henchy at Gary Sanchez Productions where he pitched them his revised take on the Famous fairytale siblings Hansel and Gretel and his plans to make an R-rated action / horror film about the grown up versions of the two children who survived being killed by the candy house witch. Gary Sanchez Productions loved the idea and backed the young writer / director to Paramount Pictures, who hired him to write the screenplay. Less than two years after selling the pitch, Wirkola was in Berlin shooting HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS as a big budget studio film in 3D with an international cast and crew.
Wirkola is currently writing HOLY MEN for Paramount and is producing a U.S. remake of his hit Norwegian television series HELLFJORD, both with Gary Sanchez Productions producing.
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