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

September 30th, 2014 by Derek Robertson 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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Derek Robertson has dabbled in many aspects of the media industry from a young age. He has always had an admiration for, film, science fiction and all things geek-like. Working in the music industry with Sony/BMG Records gave Derek insight and experience into video directing. Thusly, for many years he took a hands-on, multi-disciplinary approach in creating and editing treatments; working with performance artists, writing and producing music and working both; in front of, and behind the camera. Studying a Msc in Forensic Psychology has embedded a conceptual ethos that has spawned his signature writing style that he now infuses whilst blogging for numerous websites; writing music reviews, movie news, and reviewing network shows et al., . Derek continues to try and erase the boundaries between the homogenous and the insanely dull, culturally enmeshing contemporary socio-political aspects into the mix of the monolithic media industry.