‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Sequel In Development

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Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters Sequel Confirmed Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Sequel In Development

Well, it looks like Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters‘ time in the spotlight isn’t up just yet. The R-rated, campy, gory take on the classic children’s fairy tale was one of our biggest box office risks of 2013, and against all odds, it seems to have paid off. Despite a disappointing domestic box office return, worldwide success means fans have a second chapter to look forward to.

On the day that the film surpassed the $200 million worldwide box office mark, Paramount has confirmed that a sequel is in development.

Whether you take this as good news or horrifying will largely depend on if you felt the original film did or did not accomplish the goals it set out with. Fans hoping for a well-plotted, Tarantino-esque action flick that didn’t bother with romantic subplots or having a ‘message’ were likely disappointed (read our review), but those hoping for little more than a chance to see some witches get slaughtered and Jeremy Renner doing his best leading-man act may have gotten enough to keep them happy.

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Nevertheless, despite an underwhelming $18 million opening weekend (still impressive given the mixed marketing and time of year) the film has continued to bring in cash around the globe. While the quality of the movie fits right in with similar genre actioners like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, its slow but determined crawl to $200 million on a $60-80 million budget means it earned a sequel that the others failed to make worthwhile.

Much of that success is likely due to the film’s star power relative to other flawed fairy tale adaptations, and among the likes of Jack the Giant Slayer, a fairy tale movie aimed at blood-and-gore-loving moviegoers (and not masquerading as an ‘epic adventure’) clearly found an audience that isn’t being served. The fact that it accomplished so much with an R-rating is even more surprising.

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are expected to executive produce once again (under the banner of their Gary Sanchez Productions company), and we’d be genuinely surprised if Renner and Gemma Arterton aren’t soon announced to be reprising their roles as the titular siblings. As for the presumed plot of the sequel; well, anyone who saw Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters knows the movie left the doors wide open for further adventures.

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The ending may have seemed optimistic at the time, but leaving a team of monster-hunters and an over-sized accomplice to track down witches across Europe (and Africa?) seems as good a time to pick up the plot as any. Plus, another movie gives another chance to see some of the witches we hoped to see in the original, not to mention a more in-depth exploration of screenwriter Andy Knauer’s theories on medieval prostitution and witchcraft (see: Episode 76 of the Screen Rant Underground for further information).

We’ll keep you updated on more news as its released, but how do you fans of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters feel about a sequel? Is this a chance to see the action and bigger budget that you’d hoped for from the original, or were you hoping for other Grimm fairy tales to get their turn on the big screen? And most importantly, do you think the film even deserved a sequel?

Leave all your thoughts in the comments.


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Source: Deadline

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  1. But it was soooooooooooooooooo bad

    • Your mom was so bad lol

  2. I thought it was a pretty fun time at the movies. Lots of eye candy and obnoxious 3D. Sometimes that’s all I want.

  3. CASH GRAB!!!!! :(

    • But the again, show me a recent flick that isn’t. ^^

  4. They should add this :

    Hansel loves Gretel…would be weirdly interesting.All those sexual tension plus plot twist to find that one of the siblings are actually a wicth’s love child ( I’m your Mother,Gretel/Hansel ).
    You know Starwars original trilogy plot twist with witches instead of Sith/Jedi.

    • Ahahahhhh you read my mind LOL!^_^ Basically this pseudo Star Wars’ kick would push the plot into interesting places, keeping the high pace for the rest of the action/3 D stuff. It sounds as a good plan for me too: & no I don’t want to see other fairy tales, since there are already too many around (see Snowhite & the Hunter), but rather a little more developing with it.
      I’ve found funny the pseudo Tarantino-approach to Hansel & Gretel, so I’ll look forward to see the sequel now (plus Jeremy & Gemma are hot & good for it <3). Bye

  5. Why? Waste of time.

  6. Can’t wait!! First one was awesome can’t wait to see where they take this franchise

    • BAD MOVIE LOVER!!!!!

      • No one is a bad movie lover, this movie was a joy to watch, I mean come on, it’s called Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, what did you expect?!

  7. i will be patiently waiting for news thought it was a good movie and obviously a second one was left opened like you said but wonder if they will move on to other baddies besides witches

  8. Why !

  9. Pretty fun movie, I thought. Looking forward to it :)

  10. YEEEYY!! It was a fun movie. Glad a sequel is in the works. This time, i feel like theyll give the main characters more dept and emotional challenges to overcome. Im excited for the Side Kicks! and EDWARD!!! ( not the vampire from that other movie)

    Im sure they learned the mistakes they made in the first movie, and will make changes accordingly. No more delayed productions and script problems for second film! (I hope)

  11. Have not seen it yet, but it looked too much like the Brothers Grimm to spend money on it.

  12. The 1st one wasn’t aiming for an academy award or something, it was just an entertaining movie & I enjoyed it! I’m glad to hear there will be a sequel & any chance to see Jeremy shirtless or gemma in leather pants again is a + to me.

  13. I enjoyed the first one for what it was. And am definitely looking forward to more action, guts spilling and Gemma Arterton kicking ass once again. Hope they include some sexy witches as well :D

    This movies are not supposed to be “good movies” or with “great acting” , they are just to have fun and laugh a little…

  14. I thought this was a fun good action flick to watch, anyone who takes it serious is really missing the point, the film is based on a fantasy plot to begin with, it’s like those who thought “Rambo” series of films were silly, well of course they were, but were they fun…. yes, if you like to see someone kick major arse.

    When someone goes to watch a film it is a requirement to be in the right frame of mind which is why we read the synopsis (or watch trailer) of the film in question prior to seeing it, but for some reason many are trying to find a serious take on a film that is ultimately based on a fairy tale with the only difference it’s now a action film rated for an adult to watch.

    It’s like when “The Expendables” came out there were also many that had a hard time ignoring the film for what it was…. a fun action film.

    I’m looking forward to the idea of seeing another one of these films, i did like the dynamics and closeness the brother and sister, but i strongly feel this type of film only works the first time around, i did not watch this film and at the end said “i would like to see another one”, the story writers will need something special next time because the concept of the film is now known, and the spin of the title won’t have the same impact next time.

  15. She is really bautiful!

  16. This is what really gets me. you get a brilliant movie like Dredd that deserves a sequel but with little or no chance then you get dross like this and a sequel is in the works. Call that justice, ‘cos I don’t.

  17. i watched it, very interesting waiting to see more actions .

  18. I love the way journalists massage the budget and box office figures depending on the point they are trying to make. It seems to me that if they like a film they will give the official production budget, if not they will add some arbitrary amount, presumably an estimate of marketing costs, but withour making that point clear (eg $60-80M not $50). With box office they often round down if it suits their story (e.g. $18M not $20M the correctly round up figure from BOM). Finally, if they really hate a film they will focus almost entirely on the domestic returns – I’m quite sure most people thought H&G:WH was a complete flop based on the majority of reporting prior to the sequel anouncemnt. It makes me wonder if the sequel announcemnt is genuine or an attempt to point out that it done really well prior to DVD releases.

  19. Hansel and Gretel was one of the greatest movies. Anyone who doesn’t agree has no sense of humour. I mean, missing posters tied around the milk bottles? The diabetes? It was glorious and silly and fun and gory, and I am SO THRILLED they green-lit the second one.

    This almost makes up for Dead or Alive never getting that sequel.

  20. Can’t wait for this one. This was actually good. I was actually wanting a sequel.

  21. It was a good action movie, with alot of action
    but i’m pretty sure the sequel will be a big-budget overspend, and it will properly make 10m-15m profit or none at all since most people can predict what the movie will be like after seeing the first.

  22. I enjoyed Hansel and Gretel. Sometimes I just want a fun ‘popcorn’ movie to take my mind off of everything else going on in my life, and that’s exactly what this movie does for me. I’m also a big fan of Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton is smoking hot!

  23. Looking forward to a sequel for this! I really enjoyed it!

  24. I really enjoyed the movie. It was no Citizen Kane, but it was great for type of movie that it was. I look forward to the sequel. It can’t be worse than Ghostbusters 2.

  25. Can’t wait for the sequel. If you think this was a bad movie then I have a solution to your problem … don’t watch the next one. I would much rather see something like this then the mountains of crappy comic book movies.

    What, do you want to cry? Do you want to have the feels? That’s fine … go do it. However, you shouldn’t forget that not everyone is looking for a movie to make their little heart flutter or please their comic book hero boner.

  26. very good watch, good decison to make anew better one.. spend a little money this time.. :) do it right and the retuen will be worth it.

    the plucy side role was decent, but could be much bettter, flash backs cld be longer and more detailed.. no romatic long ties, its about the bro and sis, keep it that way.. thats what people want out of this… love for a short time OK; but bro and sis are more important for this..

    chris tocco

  27. I LOVED THAT MOVIE!! Just everything about it I loved! The acting was spot on! I can’t wait to see more!! They worked so well as a team and I loved how it was about siblings more then about the romantic love like most movies. I loved the smart-ass comments though out, “I hate to break it to you but it’s not going to be an open casket”- classic!

  28. i want to see a sequl i loved the 1st one and im hoping to see a second one and i want to see how far they really go into killing witches and other things that go bump in the night my boyfirend and i loved it that much that we want to see more

  29. I absolutely loved this movie, it wasn’t made to win a Golden Globe or an Oscar it was made to be fun and to let audiences just have fun (Like The Expendables and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). The sequel is due out in 2016 and I can’t wait. You knew there was an opening for a sequel when Gretel grabbed the wand after chopping Famke’s head off with the shovel. These movies were made for not only the movie goers to have fun but the actors to have fun. I’m really looking forward to the sequel. Just as I’m looking forward to The Expendables 3.

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