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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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‘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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‘Afterburn’ Gets Director Tommy Wirkola

http://movieweb.com/movie/afterburn/Tommy Wirkola has inked a deal with Relativity media to write and direct their adaptation of a sci-fi comic, Afterburn. Gerard Butler is set to star in the film.

The film is based on the graphic novel by Scott Chitwood and Paul Ens, the story is set in a future where solar flares have left half the world a ravaged wasteland filled with mutants and pirates. Buried beneath the ash and rubble are priceless artifacts and some of the world's most valuable works of art, which wealthy Americans will pay any price for. The story focuses on a treasure hunter (Gerard Butler) who leads his team into the quarantine zone, facing rival bounty hunters, rogue armies, pirate gangs and deadly mutants along the way.

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