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 Tommy Wirkola

Tommy Wirkola born in Alta is a Norwegian filmmaker of Finnish Sami heritage. Wirkola´s first film was 2007´s Kill Buljo that he co-wrote with Stig Frode Henriksen. They later made the 2009 horror comedy Dead Snow, and then in 2010 Kurt Josef Wagle and the Legend of the Fjord Witch. His first big-budget film was Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which was co-written by Dante Harper and released in 2013. His next project is a sequel to Dead Snow.

Hansel & Gretel is a 2013 American-German action-horror dark fantasy film with black comedy elements, co-written and directed by Tommy Wirkola and filmed in 3D. It is a continuation to the German folk fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel", which was recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. The film stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in the title roles of a brother-and-sister duo of professional witch hunters. Famke Janssen stars as the deadly leader of a coven of evil witches that they seek out to destroy.

Wirkola got the idea to create a film based on the adult lives of Hansel and Gretel in 2007 while at film school in Australia. After being discovered by Gary Sanchez Productions, Wirkola pitched the idea at a meeting with Paramount Pictures and won a contract. Production began in March 2011 at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany and included extensive use of traditional special effects. In addition, Renner and Arterton had a month of training beforehand to prepare for the physical demands of their roles. In terms of the weapons and wardrobe, Wirkola wanted an old-world look with a modern touch and he was adamant about filming outdoors in European nature rather than in a studio. Due to his tenacity, the project was filmed in Germany and featured an international cast and crew including members from Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, England, Germany, the United States and New Zealand.

More info about Tommy Wirkola at Wikipedia.



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