‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ sequel in the works

March 18, 2013 | 5:52 p.m.
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Gemma Arterton, left, plays Gretel and Jeremy Renner plays Hansel in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (David Appleby / Paramount Pictures)

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Gemma Arterton plays Gretel and Jeremy Renner plays Hansel in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (David Appleby / Paramount Pictures)

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From left, Thomas Mann plays Ben, Jeremy Renner plays Hansel and Gemma Arterton plays Gretel in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," (David Appleby / Paramount Pictures)

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Gemma Arterton as Gretel, left, and Jeremy Renner as Hansel in a scene from "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (David Appleby / Paramount Pictures)

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From left, Famke Janssen as Muriel, Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel in a scene from "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (David Appleby / Paramount Pictures)

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Gemma Arterton plays Gretel in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (David Appleby / Paramount Pictures)

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From left, Gemma Arterton as Gretel, Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Pihla Viitala as Mina in a scene from "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (David Appleby / Paramount PIctures)

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Jeremy Renner, left, and British actress Gemma Arterton pose for photos during a photo call promoting the new movie, "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," in Mexico City Jan. 10. (Eduardo Verdugo / Associated Press)

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Actress and former Bond girl Gemma Arterton plays a fairy tale character all grown up in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

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Actress and former Bond girl Gemma Arterton plays a fairy tale character all grown up in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Look out witches. Hunting season is starting all over again.

Paramount Pictures and MGM announced plans on Monday to move forward with a sequel to January’s fractured fairy tale “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” which paired Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the slaying siblings all grown up looking for vengeance.

Although the R-rated movie earned just $55 million domestically, it grossed about $206 million worldwide on a budget of roughly $50 million to make, according to our sister blog Company Town.

Written and directed by Norway’s Tommy Wirkola, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” picks up 15 years after the events in the Grimms’ famous fable. Having escaped their childhood captivity in the confectionery cottage, Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) have turned pro, coping with the trauma of their youth by slaying spellcasters for hire.

The seemingly unstoppable bounty hunters appear to meet their match in the devious machinations of Famke Janssen’s Muriel, a powerful witch who’s hatching a plot that involves the snatching of small-town youngsters for a diabolical end.

One of a recent string of Hollywood reinventions of beloved fairy tales, this “Hansel & Gretel” was not designed for kids. The brash 3-D outing earned its R rating with copious amounts of screen violence and gore and a heavy-metal-inflected soundtrack that pairs well with the movie’s offbeat, occasionally profane sense of humor.

The oddball concoction was the brainchild of Wirkola, the writer-director who won a following for the 2009 horror comedy “Dead Snow,” about a group of students who unleash a battalion of frozen Nazi zombies.

– Deborah Netburn and Gina McIntyre

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4 Responses to ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ sequel in the works

  1. one says:

    Lets mock the pain and suffering of the millions women who were tortured and burned during the Middle Ages by making these nasty snuff films! Get over yourselves, rapemongering trash!

    • Supporter says:

      Your comment only shows that you did Not watch the movie and Know so very little about it. It was a good Fictional film loosely based on a Grimm fairy tale. It has nothing to do with Actual history. The film was clearly intended for enjoyment purposes only. However, if you want to discuss what intellectual value the film presents…Well I could mention… it represents the fact that stereotypes are rediculous…it shows how through adversity one can grow and better the world around them…it shows the strength in family..I could go on but I feel I have made my point.

  2. nate says:

    Mina the white witch should have lived… Maybe in the sequel she would come back….

  3. Steffy says:

    I rather enjoyed this film, and am looking forward to seeing a sequel.

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