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Wirkola has backed out of directing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2

September 30th, 2014 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

It seems director Tommy Wirkola has had a change of hard in the space of a couple of days.

With the release date of Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow sequel Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead looming, it seems the director has had a change of heart about the impending sequel of his big budget fare: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. In an interview with Fangoria, Wirkola has revealed that he will not be directing the sequel just days after talking of the script being completed.

Wirkola told Fangoria: “I’ve just decided to not direct Hansel & Gretel 2. I have been lately attached to a few more things, it’s just a matter of time and priorities.”

He continues. “I did Dead Snow 1, then Hansel & Gretel 1, and then Dead Snow 2. I want to do something a little bit different now and not just do sequels. I did write the script and I hope to be involved in it. But yeah, I won’t be directing it.”

2013’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters made enough money at the box office and home release to warrant a sequel. It starred Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as grown up, monster killing versions of the iconic folklore siblings.

With Renner currently in demand and Wirkola dropping out, things are looking pretty bleak for the follow-up. We will keep you posted.

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