Despite the fact that Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was, well, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters—a tonally inconsistent and butchered attempt at the dark fantasy genre that Hollywood seems convinced audiences want (see also: Snow White and the Huntsman) that totally fell on its face upon its U.S. release, it managed to do solid business overseas. Filmed for about $50 million, it scored a worldwide box office of over $200 million according to /Film. Translation? It’s gonna get a sequel, if only because foreign audiences inexplicably paid to see this thing.
Yes, Paramount (despite dumping the first film in the movie graveyard of January of this year) is moving forward with a Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, in an act of pure commerce. Thus far, it’s unknown if writer-director Tommy Wirkola will return to direct and script the sequel, or if stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton would swallow their pride (and paychecks) and actually return to filmed for another one of these clunkers. Renner, especially, has a full docket already, and returning for a sequel to a film that’s more or less an embarrassing black mark in his filmography doesn’t exactly seem likely. That said, he was willing to star in the first one, so who knows?
What do you think of the Hansel and Gretel news?