Aside from his latest film What Happened to Monday hitting Netflix today, Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola says he’s been busy the past six months working on a variety of projects – mainly, preparing Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters for the small screen.
“I had an idea for the sequel story so I wrote the first draft of it, but that was it for me, but as far as I heard now, the film is pretty much dead, but what we’re doing now, I’m back on board with the producers Kevin Messick and Adam McKay and those guys, and we’re developing it into a TV show with Paramount and MGM, who are the studios who financed it, so Mark Verheiden is writing the pilot as of now, Mark, of course, is a big writer, lastly he did Daredevil and Evil Dead and as of now, he’s writing a pilot right now, and we’re hoping to take it out to networks in the near future.”
According to Wirkola, he will not only oversee the television adaptation in its entirety, but he will also direct the pilot episode, and possibly some thereafter.
“I will be involved in that whole process, and I will direct the pilot, so I think it’s very exciting, it’s an idea that really suits television, just the nature of it, in that world you can really go to a lot of different places and have fun with it, so it’s exciting, we’re writing a pilot right now and we’re having fun with it.”
Although Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton originally starred as Hansel and Gretel in the Wirkola directed R-rated film, he says that the TV show would bring on new actors, but maintain the same bloody, gritty nature as the original feature.
“It’s gonna be re-cast and it’s gonna be a little bit of a reset on that front, but both Paramount and MGM have been really supportive and really encouraging actually to push the tone as much as we want and keep it R-rated, and even doing the film, there was still some restraint on how far we could push it and how far we could go, but now, they’ve been saying to us, go out there with it and have fun, so we’ll see. But so far they’ve been really supportive of how far we wanna take it.”
Wirkola also mentions that there will definitely be more than just witches in the television show, especially since the format allows for the story to shift in several different directions.
“I think it’s natural that in that world, there would be all different kinds of supernatural beings and creatures, it’s just in a way, it’s a fairytale world and we’re living in it, so there are no limits to where we can go.”
As far as his other upcoming projects, Wirkola says he’s been working tirelessly on a comic book adaptation of Irredeemable for Adam McKay. In the original comic, a superhero named Plutonian goes mad and begins wreaking havoc on the citizens of earth, attempting to wipe them out completely from existence. His former allies attempt to put a halt to his mischevious deeds, but their efforts are seemingly no match for his overwhelming power.
“Right now, what I’m doing is I’ve been writing the past few months, in addition to writing the pilot for Hansel and Gretel, I’ve also been writing a superhero movie for Adam McKay called Irredeemable, but he’s directing it, it’s a super R-rated fun crazy superhero movie based on a comic called Irredeemable and it’s such a fun experience and really crazy source material that’s so timely, and it’s so relevant right now because of the situation of superhero and superhero movies, so I’ve been basically writing the last six or seven months on these two things. As far as directing, I’m not sure yet, but I’m developing a couple of things, and I’m reading scripts, so I hope to be behind the camera again soon.”
Wirkola’s What Happened to Monday is now streaming on Netflix.