Despite a disappointing domestic turn, last year’s horror-action title “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” powered through in foreign markets to pull in $226 million worldwide from a $50 million budget. It was good enough for Paramount who quickly ordered a sequel.
Tommy Wirkola, the first film’s director, has confirmed to STYD at this year’s Fantastic Fest that the script has been delivered:
“I’ve written the script for it. I’ve given it to Paramount and it’s up to them now. But I don’t know what’s going to happen. Jeremy [Renner] is so busy these days, I don’t know how they’re going to juggle all of that, but it’s up to [Paramount]. We’ll see.
Hopefully, I’ll get to do another film first. They really liked the script I gave them. The first film was a learning curve for me working in the studio system and the script I wrote for the original was so different. We ended up taking a lot out and altering stuff that first time. I’m smarter now. I tried taking what I learned and still delivered a sequel script that’s an R-rated action film.”
No word on a production date as yet. Renner is currently filming “Mission: Impossible 5”.