Hansel and Gretel back for revenge

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How do you follow the wicked joy of zombie Nazis attacking medical students on a ski vacation?

Tommy Wirkola has an idea: "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters."

The Norwegian co-writer/ director of the horror comedy "Dead Snow," a Sundance midnight selection IFC Films picked up for release in June, is putting together his next cockeyed picture. The ICM-repped Wirkola pitched Gary Sanchez Prods. on the idea of how things play out for the siblings 15 years after that whole gingerbread-house incident. Simply put, they're now specialized bounty hunters looking to put down the cackling black-hat set.

Sanchez honchos Adam McKay and Will Ferrell jumped at the idea of bringing a "Shaun of the Dead"/ "Evil Dead 2" comedy action vibe to the proceedings.

Producer Kevin Messick, who brought the project to the company, will make the film his first produced feature as an official new member of the Sanchez crew.

McKay, Ferrell and Chris Henchy also will produce for Paramount.

Wirkola is working on the film's outline as McKay and Henchy finish their script for the next Sanchez project, "The B Team," with McKay directing Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg for Sony. (partialdiff)
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