Think the Tommy Wirkola-directed Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was a failure? Think again. The movie has grossed $205.8M worldwide as of this writing. That’s insane. With that news, Deadline is reporting that Paramount is moving on a sequel.
The pic disappointed when it opened here January 25, grossing just $18M. Paramount said the film cost $50M but other estimates put the budget at $83M — but either way it was an underperformer in the U.S. In it, “After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches…their past.”
Paramount, MGM and MTV Films were behind the first pic, from Gary Sanchez Productions, whose principals Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick are expected to return as producers for the second go-round as is Beau Flynn. No word if Dead Snow‘s Wirkola returns.