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Indies light up ‘The 420 Witch’

Duane Journey directing stoney take on Hansel and Gretel tale

With Paramount wrapping its Jeremy Renner starrer “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” three indie companies are prepping an alternate take on the Grimm brothers’ classic fairy tale titled “Black Forest: Hansel and Gretel and the 420 Witch.”

Duane Journey will direct from David Tillman’s script, which concerns a witch living in Pasadena who lures teens into her house with a special blend of marijuana so she can eat them in order to maintain her youth.

“Twilight” thesp Michael Welch and “Castle” star Molly Quinn will play the endangered siblings, with Lara Flynn Boyle (“Men in Black II”) as the sinister witch.

Brett Hudson of Kerry, Kimmel and Pollack will produce with James Cotten of Dark Highway Films. KK&P’s Michael Pollack and Mark Morgan (“The Twilight Saga”) will exec produce with William Beasley (“21”) and Jonathan Heine of Uptik Entertainment.

Production is skedded to start Nov. 12 in Los Angeles.

” ‘420 Witch’ is not your average fairy-tale adaptation. It’s a reinvention of the story with a dark edge that I think audiences will love,” Hudson said.

KK&P is an independent production and financing entity that recently acquired feature film rights to Marcus Sedgwick’s novel “White Crow.” Company is prepping the epic miniseries “Quattrocento” in Budapest.

Boyle, who starred in “Life Is Hot in Cracktown,” is repped by Buchwald/Fortitude and Rugolo Entertainment. Welch is repped by Innovative Artists and Curtis Talent Management, and Quinn is repped by APA and Luber Roklin Entertainment.

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