Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2

(2014)

A sequel to the 2013 fantasy adventure.

‘Hansel & Gretel 2’ Canceled, TV Show Happening Instead?

‘Hansel & Gretel 2’ Canceled, TV Show Happening Instead?

Back in August, it looked like Paramount's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 was finally on the right track, when French filmmaker Bruno Aveillan signed on to direct the gestating sequel. The news came nearly a year after original Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters filmmaker Tommy Wirkola backed out of the sequel. Today, Deadline reports that this beleaguered project has hit yet another stumbling block, with Paramount reportedly canceling the theatrical sequel altogether, in favor of turning the project into a TV series.

The studio is reportedly formulating a new plan to craft this story into a cable TV series produced by Paramount Television and Gary Sanchez Productions, which produced the original Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Nothing is set in stone yet, but the news comes just a few weeks after Paramount teamed up with Amazon Studios for a Jack Ryan TV series. The last entry in the movie franchise, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, only took in $135 million worldwide, from a $60 million budget.

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‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2’ Art Teases Zombies and Title

‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2’ Art Teases Zombies and Title

Shortly after Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters hit theaters in January 2013, Paramount Pictures announced a sequel was happening. While the action-thriller starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton only made $55.7 million domestically, it did much better overseas, with its foreign gross of $170.6 million giving the movie a $226.3 million worldwide total, from just a $50 million budget. After spending the last two years in development, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 is finally moving forward, with French filmmaker Bruno Aveillan taking over for original director Tommy Wirkola. While it isn't known when production will begin, we do have a look at some new artwork that shows how the film may have looked had Bruno Aveillan not won the job.

While it isn't known if this is still the official title or not, the director's logo reveals the sequel is called Hansel & Gretel: Death's Messengers. The artwork reveals a number of different undead characters, plus a new character known as the High Priestess. Since the filmmaker was in contention for this project earlier this year, it seems likely the High Priestess is still a character in the most recent script, but unfortunately, we don't know anything else about her.

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‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2’ Finally Finds a Director

‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2’ Finally Finds a Director

It's been a while since we've heard about Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2. The sequel was announced shortly after Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters proved to be a hit way back in 2013. But there has been no mention of it in the press over the last year. That changes today, as The Tracking Board reports that a director has been found. And Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton will return to rid the world of evil fairytale forces yet again.

Paramount Pictures is moving forward on Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 with acclaimed French director Bruno Aveillan. He replaces original director Tommy Wirkola. Many believed that the sequel had fallen into dire straights when Tommy Wirkola announced that he would not be returning to the director's seat. The sequel is said to be getting 'reworked' to fall in line with Bruno Aveillan's own personal vision. A source close to the project says that Paramount is hoping to pump a little more 'excitment' into the franchise.

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‘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?

http://movieweb.com/hansel-gretel-witch-hunters-2-story-cast-renner-arterton/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

Known for comedy hits ‘Anchorman’ and ‘Step Brothers’, the director changes pace with this action fantasy franchise, now in pre-production on a sequel.