Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2

(2014)

A sequel to the 2013 fantasy adventure.

‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2’ Loses Director Tommy Wirkola

‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2’ Loses Director Tommy Wirkola

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters director Tommy Wirkola states in a new interview with Fangoria that he is no longer directing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, just one week after having revealed that the script is finished.

Last week, the filmmaker turned his script in to Paramount Pictures, which was received positively by the studio. The director also hinted last week that star Jeremy Renner may not be available due to his busy schedule. No story details have been given about the screenplay that Tommy Wirkola just turned in.

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Jeremy Renner Talks ‘Hansel & Gretel 2’ Return; Will It Happen?

Jeremy Renner Talks ‘Hansel & Gretel 2’ Return; Will It Happen?

Earlier this week, news broke that writer-director Tommy Wirkola had finished the script for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, but he was unsure whether or not star of the original, Jeremy Renner, would be able to return. Now, Cinema Blend has reached out to the actor for his answer, and while he doesn't know if he can squeeze this sequel into his schedule, he wouldn't balk at returning to the role of Hansel.

Jeremy Renner is not signed for a sequel. When Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters came out, it was not considered to be a franchise contender, and was even moved by the studio from its original March 2012 release date to January of last year, which is viewed as a dumping ground for films that are potential money losers. The movie proved to be a hit, though, pulling in $226 million worldwide from a $50 million production budget. A sequel was green lit, but no three-movie contracts were ever set in place for either Jeremy Renner or his co-star Gemma Arterton, who also may not return depending on her availability.

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‘Hansel & Gretel 2’ Script Finished; Jeremy Renner May Not Return

‘Hansel & Gretel 2’ Script Finished; Jeremy Renner May Not Return

Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton starred in 2013's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which took place 15 years after the fairy tale characters' incident at the gingerbread house. The siblings now make a living hunting down witches and other creatures. The original took in $226 million worldwide from a $50 million production budget during its theatrical run last year.

Jeremy Renner is currently shooting Mission: Impossible 5, and it was believed that he would start shooting his follow-up to The Bourne Legacy shortly thereafter. However, we reported last week that Universal is planning on bringing back Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass for a new Jason Bourne adventure, which will move forward before The Bourne Legacy sequel. It's possible that this move will free up some time in Jeremy Renner's schedule to make Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, but that has not been confirmed.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2’ Will Be Insane Promises Producer Adam McKay

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2’ Will Be Insane Promises Producer Adam McKay

Nearing a wrap on his long-awaited sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues, writer/producer/director Adam McKay took a few minutes out of his day to chat about next week's release of the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - Rated and Unrated Versions Blu-ray. The original Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a film few people know as a Will Ferrell/Adam McKay production. But the duo was with the project from the first stages of its inception to its final incarnation on screen. And they are returning for the sequel, which is currently in pre-production.

What do you think? Are you excited to see Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2? Or should they have stopped with the first one?

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