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Osgood Perkins’ freaky fairy tale “GRETEL AND HANSEL” gets rolling with “IT” star

Friday, November 9, 2018 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The director of the acclaimed THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER is now adding a horrific dimension to a classic children’s story, with the young actress who impressed in IT as the lead.

Orion Pictures has announced that Perkins has begun shooting GRETEL AND HANSEL in Dublin, from a script he wrote with Rob Hayes. Automatik Entertainment’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (UPGRADE) and Fred Berger (THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE) are producing the movie, which stars Sophia Lillis (IT’s Beverly Marsh) as Gretel, Sammy Leakey as Hansel, Charles Babalola (BLACK MIRROR) as the Hunter and Alice Krige (SLEEPWALKERS) and Jessica De Gouw as the witches. The synopsis: “A long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.”

Also part of the production are director of photography Galo Olivares, production designer Jeremy Reed, costume designer Leonie Prendergast, special effects supervisor Paul Byrne, editor Josh Ethier and makeup and hair team Liz Byrne and Linda Gannon Foster. A release date hasn’t been set yet, but we’re real excited about this one, and will bring you further updates as we hear ’em!

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.