Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was released last year and went on to gross $55 million domestically and around $170 million internationally which seemed to keep Paramount happy as they have given the go ahead for a sequel. Furthermore, Paramount have asked writer/director Tommy Wirkola to come back on board to create a follow-up.
Wirkola will be on promotional duties soon as his next film Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead is due out next month. He spoke with ShockTillYouDrop.com and stated that as far as he is concerned Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 is all in the hands of the studio. Here is what Wirkola had to say about the lowdown: “I’ve written the script for it. I’ve given it to Paramount and it’s up to them now. But I don’t know what’s going to happen. Jeremy [Renner] is so busy these days, I don’t know how they’re going to juggle all of that, but it’s up to [Paramount]. We’ll see. Hopefully, I’ll get to do another film first. They really liked the script I gave them. The first film was a learning curve for me working in the studio system and the script I wrote for the original was so different. We ended up taking a lot out and altering stuff that first time. I’m smarter now. I tried taking what I learned and still delivered a sequel script that’s an R-rated action film.”
Jeremy Renner has came a long way in a year and Wirkola makes a good point that scheduling wise it may be difficult to land Renner due to The Avengers and possibly even the third Captain America. Could they pull it off without Renner, or would they lose interest without having him on board?! Who knows.
The film took place 15 years after the Hansel and Gretel incident at the gingerbread house and also starred Gemma Arterton and Famke Jansen. Renner and Arterton played specialised bounty hunnters looking to put down the cackling black-hat set witches.