Talking about the release of “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” on Blu-ray, Adam McKay says he and Will Ferrell are set to return as producers on the upcoming sequel currently in pre-production.
Talking with Movieweb, he says the film’s director Tommy Wirkola plans to make the follow-up a bit crazier:
“I’m really excited about the second one. Because he didn’t steer the behemoth off the road on the first one. You are going to get to see even more slack on his leash with the second one. He is really going to get to roam free on this. I’ve already started to hear some of the ideas he is working on, and its pretty insane.”
He does, however, admit that the studio may make the sequel ‘PG-13’ instead of ‘R’ like the first film.
“I think Paramount regrets it. I think they are worried that they left some money on the table with that one. There is some discussion about how we’re going to handle that with the second one.
To Adam Goodman’s credit over here at Paramount, he never reversed on it [the first film’s R-rating]. He promised that it could be R, and he stuck with that all the way to the end. Even at the point where there might have been some discussion about, ‘We should switch it!’
Because of that, that is only why Tommy Wirkola is coming back for a second one. Only because the executive stood by the creative in that case.”