Jeremy Renner, Noomi Rapace
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'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' -- a real upcoming movie -- is a fairy-tale sequel gone gonzo, in which the now-adult siblings, having survived the gingerbread house incident, become bounty hunters in search of broom-riding, child-chomping sorceresses. It'll be the English-language debut of Norwegian pulp director Tommy Wirkola. And, according to Twitchfilm and Norwegian site Kultur, it's going to star Jeremy Renner and Noomi Rapace as Hansel and Gretel. (Renner reportedly revealed the casting in an interview he gave this week at the Venice Film Festival.)

What sounds terrific is not just the casting of 'The Hurt Locker's' adrenaline-junkie bomb defuser and 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo's' vindictive punk angel as Grimm avengers. It's also the notion of finding out what happens to fairy tale characters once they grow up, after the happily ever after. Yes, yes, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine got there first with the Broadway musical 'Into the Woods,' but we haven't seen our childhood favorites adapted into genre movies.

That's already changing. On cable, SyFy has been developing TV movies, starting with last winter's 'Beauty and the Beast,' updating the classic tales, including a vengeance-minded 'Hansel and Gretel' that sounds like Winkola's project, and a 'Little Red Riding Hood' that finds Red fighting werewolves. Which, in turn, sounds similar to a Warner Bros. movie due in theaters next spring, a 'Red Riding Hood' directed by 'Twilight's' Catherine Hardwicke and starring Amanda Seyfried as a werewolf-beset Red.

Still, it seems there are a lot of possible fairy tale follow-ups that could become hit movies. Here are our pitches for a few, complete with casting suggestions. You're welcome, Hollywood.
Jeremy Renner, Noomi Rapace
How cool does this idea sound?

'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' -- a real upcoming movie -- is a fairy-tale sequel gone gonzo, in which the now-adult siblings, having survived the gingerbread house incident, become bounty hunters in search of broom-riding, child-chomping sorceresses. It'll be the English-language debut of Norwegian pulp director Tommy Wirkola. And, according to Twitchfilm and Norwegian site Kultur, it's going to star Jeremy Renner and Noomi Rapace as Hansel and Gretel. (Renner reportedly revealed the casting in an interview he gave this week at the Venice Film Festival.)

What sounds terrific is not just the casting of 'The Hurt Locker's' adrenaline-junkie bomb defuser and 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo's' vindictive punk angel as Grimm avengers. It's also the notion of finding out what happens to fairy tale characters once they grow up, after the happily ever after. Yes, yes, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine got there first with the Broadway musical 'Into the Woods,' but we haven't seen our childhood favorites adapted into genre movies.

That's already changing. On cable, SyFy has been developing TV movies, starting with last winter's 'Beauty and the Beast,' updating the classic tales, including a vengeance-minded 'Hansel and Gretel' that sounds like Winkola's project, and a 'Little Red Riding Hood' that finds Red fighting werewolves. Which, in turn, sounds similar to a Warner Bros. movie due in theaters next spring, a 'Red Riding Hood' directed by 'Twilight's' Catherine Hardwicke and starring Amanda Seyfried as a werewolf-beset Red.

Still, it seems there are a lot of possible fairy tale follow-ups that could become hit movies. Here are our pitches for a few, complete with casting suggestions. You're welcome, Hollywood.

'Three Little Pigs': Now they run a construction business. When wolves attack, comic high jinks ensue. Starring Jack Black, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill; porcine makeup by Rick Baker.

'The Little Mermaid': She married the prince, but each dreads visiting the in-laws, especially since her folks live underwater and his don't. And don't get us started on their disputes over how to bring up the kids. Finally, a vehicle for Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson to share.

•'Sleeping Beauty': After all that time in bed, she now has insomnia. Also, a grueling regimen of physical therapy to rehabilitate her atrophied muscles. A moving story of the triumph of the human spirit, starring Sandra Bullock.

'Snow White': Finally has what she always wanted: a maid. Starring Anne Hathaway and Queen Latifah.

'Thumbelina': She and her husband, Tom Thumb, host a weight-loss reality show, for folks who need to lose a few ounces. Starring Kristin Chenoweth and Tom Cruise.

•'The Emperor's New Clothes': The little boy grows up to be a fashion designer who causes a sensation with a line of see-through couture. His catchphrase: "Make what work?" Starring Neil Patrick Harris.

•'The Little Match Girl': Did not freeze to death on the street. Instead, she grows up to be a pyromaniac and an arsonist. Whereabouts unknown. In a nod to 'Firestarter,' she'll be played by Drew Barrymore.

'Jack and the Beanstalk': After his success with organic beans, Jack becomes CEO of a thriving agribusiness, but his underpaid staff of giants proves less than jolly. Labor strife escalates into violence, and Jack has to get medieval on them in order to prevent the country from being stomped and flattened. Starring Michael Cera and Michael Clarke Duncan.

•'The Ugly Duckling': Sure, he grew into a handsome swan, but then he got married, got fat, and lost some feathers up top. Now he can be found in a bar, grousing over his lost glory days. Starring Ben Stiller.

What grown-up stories do you envision for favorite fairy tale characters?

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