After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches...their past.
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.Read More
Derek Mears has made a name for himself playing masked characters in various films, including one of the classic Predators in Predators and Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th reboot. In Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, now available on a Rated and Unrated Versions Blu-ray, the actor dons a fully animatronic head to play the fan-favorite character Edward the Troll, a witch servant who befriends Gretel after she is attacked and nearly raped by angry townsfolk. To celebrate the upcoming home release of this exciting adventure, we have an exclusive look at the Edward the Troll featurette. This excerpt finds Derek reminiscing about the role, which he'll surely reprise in the forth-coming sequel Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2. Watch and learn what its like to be a beloved character, yet go unrecognized on the streets.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was released January 25th, 2013.Read More
Writer/Producer/Director Adam McKay is known for his legendary comedy masterworks, such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, so it might surprise you to learn that he and longtime collaborator/producing partner Will Ferrell had a strong hand in ushering the R rated fantasy adventure Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters to the screen. They were there from the beginning, and saw director Tommy Wirkola's version through to the end. What we're left with is one of the funnest, weirdest movies of the year.
If you missed it in theaters, this ruckus tale, which reveals what happened to brother and sister duo Hansel and Gretel after the Gingerbread House incident (hint: they grew up to become Witch Hunters and avenge their parents' death), is finally available on a Rated and Unrated Versions Blu-ray that restores ten full minutes to the theatrical cut starting Tuesday, June 11. It's a movie for people who enjoy fast, fun, exciting popcorn movies. Its escapism at its finest. It's the kind of outing Adam McKay himself wants to partake in on a Friday night. Alone. With just a hotdog and maybe a beer. That's why he made the thing to being with. For himself.Read More
After a successful run at the box office, Paramount Home Media Distribution is releasing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD today, June 11. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the title siblings who are all grown up, avenging the death of their parents by hunting witches. We have a special giveaway opportunity for our readers, with one lucky winner taking home a copy of the Blu-ray, signed by Gemma Arterton. Our first prize winners will receive an unsigned Blu-ray and a branded milk carton filled with candy, featuring a "missing child" illustration of Hansel and Gretel. Don't miss out on your chance to win these prizes!
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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?Read More
The fabled siblings are all grown up and hell-bent on tracking and killing witches wherever they hide in the no-holds-barred epic of modern action and adventure Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, taking flight on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and On Demand June 11, 2013 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film will also be available early for Digital Download on May 21st. "Destined for cult status" (Rick Florino, ArtistDirect.com), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is filled with "super crazy action and mind-blowing thrills" (Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV) and stars Jeremy Renner (Marvel's The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy), Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), Famke Janssen (X-Men), Thomas Mann (Beautiful Creatures) and Peter Stormare (The Big Lebowski). Written and directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow), the film earned more than $200 million at the global box office and a sequel is in development. The sly and ingeniously wicked movie tells the story of the brother and sister team seeking to avenge their parents' deaths. But after a lifetime of hunting witches, Hansel and Gretel now must face an evil greater than anything they've seen: a terrifying new threat so massive, it could destroy the world as we know it.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters will be available in both its original theatrical version and an unrated version with never-before-seen footage that was too intense for theaters in a Blu-ray/DVD combo or a three-disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo, both with UltraViolet. The combo packs boast revealing special features that take audiences behind-the-scenes for a look at the reinvention of the story, an in-depth examination of the gruesome witches and an up close and personal visit with the extraordinary troll, Edward. The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD that includes the theatrical version of the film.Read More