“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” writer-director Tommy Wirkola is writing the screenplay. McKay and Charles Randolph won the best adapted screenplay Oscar for “The Big Short.”
Producers are Boom! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy along with Gary Sanchez’s McKay and Kevin Messick. Adam Yoelin is a co-producer. Boom! has a first-look deal at Fox.
The comic-book, written by Mark Waid, was published between 2009 and 2012 for a total of 37 issues and centered on fallen superhero the Plutonian, who begins slaughtering the population of Earth. His former allies, the superhero group the Paradigm, attempt to find a way to stop his rampage but none of them are as powerful as the maniac holding the world hostage. The Paradigm then turns in desperation to a famous supervillain for help.
McKay’s directing credits include “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Step Brothers,” “The Other Guys” and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”
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Wirkola is repped by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Michael Schenkman. McKay is repped by WME and Mosaic. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.