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‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Producer Says Sequel Will Be “Insane” and Probably PG-13?

Movieweb caught up with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters producer Adam McKay, who talked about Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, which he promises will be insane, even though it’ll “probably” be PG-13. Okaaay?

Like it or not, the Gary Sanchez production, directed by Tommy Wirkola, and released by Paramount Pictures, performed extraordinarily well for an R-rated horror film. Thus far, it’s surpassed $225M worldwide, and is doing gangbusters on home video. With a $50M production market, as well as P&A, if the film had been PG-13 it would have been massive. Here’s where the story continues…

I’m really excited about the second one. Because he [Wirkola] didn’t steer the behemoth off the road on the first one,” says McKay. “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. This could be one of those instances where the sequel does go further than the first one.

The funny thing is…I think Paramount regrets it,” McKay continues referencing the film’s R-rating. “I think they are worried that they left some money on the table with that one. There is some discussion about how we’re gong to handle that with the second one…

We’re a horror site and ratings are a huge deal, but it should be noted that studios are in the business of making money. An R-rating really does hurt a film, but my perspective has always that the film should be what it needs to be to be great. So, forcing a PG-13 to make a buck doesn’t make me happy. Not at all…



  • BadCrumbs

    LAME!!!! I liked the first one, but why must they do things like this. Anyone who likes the fist one certainly does not want the second one to be PG-13. It’ll be insane alright. Insanely awful.

  • Kroork

    Worst news ever!!! I loved this movie! Gave it a 10/10! I loved how gory and violent it was, that’s why I loved it!

    Utter failure in my books if they do that. I am so sick of the cash grab instead of making quality products.

  • djblack1313

    yeah, if they do make this 2nd movie PG-13 (and presumably MUCH MUCH less gory/bloody) i won’t go see it. i’m pissed just reading this news. i understand studios want to make money but them saying


    fuck them.

    and when this Adam Mckay guy says ““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. This could be one of those instances where the sequel does go further than the first one.”

    HOW!!! how can Wirkola make the 2nd movie MORE insane and have “more slack” when a PG-13 rating neuters what was ESSENTIAL in the 1st movie. the gore/blood/language was a MUST.

    • lilmarkuk

      I agree if they make it pg they will actually not even break even I don’t think

      the people who watched this watched because of the insane gore etc which will no doubt not watch the 2nd one since it can not have even half of the gore and language in it that we got from the 1st

      so god knows how the pg sequel could be INSANE :/

    • weresmurf

      Indeed. The REASON the movie was good was the gore, the swearing and the overall offensive nature of it. It was FUCKING AWESOME because you thought you were going to get some Stephanie Meyers level crap, then when you put it on, you realised you were up for some EVIL DEAD 2 level fun and it kicked you in the balls, stole your fucking wallet, raped your cat, ate your cupboard bare and left you with a smile on your face in the process. That’s how good the movie was.

      The second movie? PG? It won’t be like that. It’ll be like sitting through SCREAM 4 again. Oh christ. Scream 4. I know it was R rated but it was just a movie that shouldn’t have been made. What a fucking turd that was. Please take away the pain. Please.

  • lilmarkuk

    Yes the film would..maybe have been bigger BUT it would have been shit

    there is no way they could have even half as much gore and blood and the language they used in a pg movie

    if the next is pg I wont be watching at all

  • i’m sure i speak for horror fans as well as fans of this site when i express my appreciation for the closing words at the end of this article

  • dirtyghettok

    As long as Tommy Wirkola stays attached, I’m in and not gonna whine like a bitch about the supposed PG-13 rating.. It’s not even written yet and for as much as this first one blew me away I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt.

    • djblack1313

      dirtyghettok, aren’t you the noble one.

      • weresmurf

        Indeed… because all those PG rated sequels to R rated movies did *so* well and were *so* much better than the originals!

        Robocop 3 (Such a classy movie!)
        Alien Vs Predator (It really was a sequelish movie either way you look at it, oh boy, that bloodless pg rating!)
        Police Academy 2 and onwards! (The lack of an R rating, didn’t impact THIS series one bit, no sir!)
        DieHard 4.0/Live Free or Die Hard (Surely the BEST in the series right!)
        Major League 2 onwards (1 was R, boy weren’t those sequels SPIFFY!)
        Chronicles of Riddick (That lack of violence, blood and language sure didn’t hurt THIS sequel at all… so sirree!)
        and finally Caddyshack 2 (Oh didn’t THAT sequel get so much better with a PG rating when the original had an R!)

        “But they’re OLD movies!” you say, well, not all of them, but there’s a definite pattern there. When you remove the factors of what makes a movie great and dilute it, you remove the heart of the movie, destroying what it is. It’s fact.

  • flesheater24

    How does this make any sense ? wouldn’t you make the sequel rated R if it did really good. LOL. Like are they stupid ? They must be. Or do they just wanta make it PG-13 for the sake of making even more money. I feel that’ll ruin the film. It worked perfectly as an R. the jokes, the gore, that’ll all be lost in a PG-13 film. I hope they don’t do PG-13 at all.

  • DeadInHell

    Leave it to film execs to take a working formula and completely wreck it just because.

    I realize the movie industry is all about business and making money, but I also like to think that films, music, etc. are art. And I’d like to think we were far enough along as a society that we could stop butchering art just to fit the whims of sanctimonious retards with bibles in their britches mumbling about the erosion of morality and “family values” (i.e. the MPAA). Too bad the world is full of cowards.

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  • caught this the other night at redbox and was floored by how bloody it got (and the scene where the witched made that first batch of super potion was almost gleefully mean). if this gets taken down into the pg-13 realm then my willingness to watch this sequel is out.

  • utahman1971

    I agree with everyone here, and very sick of directors totally ruining the whole story by taking out the original content. What a load of crap to think everything has to family oriented to make more money. I have stopped watching PG-13 movies along time ago for horror, and now this is sickening to see that they will do it. Another one I am worried about PG-13 is Carrie. It says nothing of it being rated yet, and it is out in 3 weeks. I will be very pissed to find out its PG-13. Load of BS is what this is. They should not even get the budget to do a movie, when they ruin everything like this.

    • utahman1971

      There should be a PG-13 strike for sequels going that route. It makes no sense to do it. What would they do if no one showed up for those PG-13 movies? I would laugh at the news if they did story on that.

      • utahman1971

        It would be laugh of joy is what it would be.

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