Paramount pressing on with sequel to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Film performing well overseas

Despite taking a critical savaging and performing sluggishly with domestic audiences, Paramount has given the green light to a sequel to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

The film scored just $54m in the US, and with a raft of poor reviews hanging around its neck, it seemed as though the film would be quickly swept under the carpet by Paramount executives.

However, with a haul of more than $150m overseas, and a relatively modest budget of $50m, the film has apparently been profitable enough to warrant a follow up.

Whether or not Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton will return to reprise their roles remains to be seen, although we'd be surprised if they're contracts didn't include multi-picture deals. That could turn out to be something of a mixed blessing...

Tommy Wirkola wrote and directed the first film, but he too has yet to be confirmed as a returnee. Perhaps some fresh blood might make this one a slightly more appetising proposition second time out.

Would you go and watch a sequel? Tell us, below!


    • russellemery

      Mar 19th 2013, 8:15

      I have to say despite the savaging by the critics i thoroughly enjoyed the first movie - a good bit of mindless popcorn entertainment. I deffinately would be up for seeing more - and so would quite a few of my geek friends.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 19th 2013, 17:46

      For once it's Europeans we have to blame for an unnecassary/unwanted sequel. I still can't understand why an English actress was using an American accent for a German charactter.

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