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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters sequel scrapped; TV show in the works

10.15.2015by: Cody Hamman

If you were hoping to see Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton reprise their roles in a sequel to 2013's HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, I have some bad news for you.

Even though a follow-up has been in development ever since the first film was released, with Tommy Wirkola and Michael Finch writing drafts of the script and Bruno Aveillan having been hired to direct just a couple a months ago, Paramount Pictures has decided to shift gears on the HANSEL & GRETEL property. Plans to make a theatrical feature have been scrapped in favor of developing a HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS TV series, and it's a given that Renner and Arterton won't be playing the characters on the small screen.

Paramount TV and MGM are partnering on the project, with Gary Sanchez set to produce. The plan is to get HANSEL & GRETEL onto a cable network.

Personally, I can't say I'm all that disappointed to hear that we won't be getting HANSEL & GRETEL 2, as I wasn't a fan of the first movie. A TV series has potential, I suppose, and horror-related projects are doing pretty well on television these days. This might be a smart move on Paramount's part.

Extra Tidbit: How do you feel about the TV plans?
Source: Deadline

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4:41PM on 10/15/2015
Well, I had wondered how the actors felt about the Hansel and Gretel franchise. For example, at least one performer mentioned doing the movie only for a paycheck. And, we should remember that Witch Hunters took a long while to reach the screen, and it was a surprise hit once there. Was anyone ever truly in love with the project?

A television series could work. I do not watch Once Upon a Time. However, it is a successful horror-fantasy show with some grit. Other examples exist. Possibly, the
Well, I had wondered how the actors felt about the Hansel and Gretel franchise. For example, at least one performer mentioned doing the movie only for a paycheck. And, we should remember that Witch Hunters took a long while to reach the screen, and it was a surprise hit once there. Was anyone ever truly in love with the project?

A television series could work. I do not watch Once Upon a Time. However, it is a successful horror-fantasy show with some grit. Other examples exist. Possibly, the TV show could be TV-MA. The movie did better for having an R-cut. However, violent spectacle is not always the essential trick to success. The network could hire actors with the right chemistry. And, the Hansel and Gretel show could become a cult hit if the producers advertise right and schedule it well.
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12:12PM on 10/15/2015

Figures.

This whole movie-turned-tv-show thing is getting a little out of hand. Would've much preferred a proper sequel.
This whole movie-turned-tv-show thing is getting a little out of hand. Would've much preferred a proper sequel.
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