Before its release the prospects for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters weren’t looking that great. The film, an action/horror re-imagining of the fairy tale siblings starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, was delayed nearly a whole year and ‘dumped’ in January 2013. When Hansel & Gretel finally hit the reviews weren’t that great and it had a so-so opening in the US, eventually settling just north of $50 million (its reported production budget).
Nonetheless, it’s become a huge success internationally, earning over $150 million thanks to strong showings in Brazil, Russia and Mexico. This week it pushed past the $200 million worldwide mark, so it’s no surprise to hear that Paramount is now developing a sequel.
There’s no news to report other than it is officially in the works. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton could reprise their roles as Hansel & Gretel and director Tommy Wirkola could return, but nothing is known at the moment and there’s likely no script at this early stage. International audiences continue to embrace what studios provide, often being responsible for 70% of box office takings, so we’ll continue to see franchises like this develop whether US audiences are interested or not and regardless of critical reception.
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