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… READ MORE
On June 11 Paramount Home Entertainment will release Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (review) on DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, and 3D Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray release will feature the much gorier “Unrated” version! It will also include 3 featurettes (“Reinventing Hansel & Gretel”, “The Witching Hours”, “Meet Edward the Troll”), and a digital copy of the film.
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive look behind-the-scenes, which slimes up a tavern and star Gemma Arterton. Jeremy Renner, Famke Janssen, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Thomas Mann, Derek Mears, and Peter Stormare also star.
“The sly and ingeniously wicked movie tells the story of the brother and sister team seeking to avenge their parents’ deaths. But after a lifetime of hunting witches, Hansel and Gretel now must face an evil greater than anything they’ve seen: a terrifying new threat so massive, it could destroy the world as we know it.” READ MORE
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.
Quietly riding a broom into theaters January 25, Paramount Pictures shared with us the first two clips from Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which comes from Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola.
Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Thomas Mann, Derek Mears and Peter Stormare all star.
“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.” READ MORE
Paramount has never been major for the horror genre, albeit they do carry this decade’s strongest franchise, Paranormal Activity.
This past October the fourth film was a huge failure (in terms of enjoyment), but were optimistic that they’ll square things with fans when Paranormal 5 hits theaters. Let us just hope nothing ends with a link like they did with The Devil Inside…
…and let’s be excited for their Latino Paranormal spin-off haunting theaters this spring. Now that could be a game changer! READ MORE
Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which comes from Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola.
Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen, the footage looks crazy cheesy, but also crazy fun. We can only hope that this makes right what happened with the lame Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I totally dig these original retellings and want more.
In theaters January 11, 2013, “15 years after their traumatic gingerbread-house incident, siblings Hansel and Gretel have become a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.” READ MORE
Musicvideo and commercials helmer Anthony Mandler is attached to direct Lionsgate’s Dead of Winter, a Black List thriller written by tyro scribe Sarah Conradt that has Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) attached to star, reports Variety from a scoop right here on Bloody Disgusting back in February. “Steinfeld is slated to play a teen who heads to a remote cabin in the mountains with her father and new stepmother — an experience he hopes will bring the two ladies closer together. When a dangerous fugitive posing as a park ranger shows up, the trio must put aside the family bonding to fight for survival.” Producers are aiming for an early 2013 start date.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Rosamund Pike (Doom, Wrath of the Titans, Die Another Day) has joined The World’s End alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Edgar Wright directs the pic that starts 20 years after five childhood friends attempted an epic pub crawl. The friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. It leads into a horrific adventure.
Jonathan Daniel Brown, one of the breakout stars of Project X, is joining the cast of the New Artists Alliance’s horror comedy Milo, says THR. Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs and Peter Stormare make up the cast of the pic, which “Centers on a man (Marino) with intense stomach trouble who learns to his horror that he has a demon living in his intestines. When he gives it permission to come out during a therapy session, the man names it Milo and tries to live a life in which he, not his demon, is in charge.” Brown will play an intern who works for Marino. Jacob Vaughan is making his directorial debut on the pic, which the Duplass brothers are exec producing.
Collider has some of the most pointless news of the week as they confirmed with Paramount that their long-delayed Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D, in theaters January 11, 2013, will in fact be rated “R”. The original take on the classic fairytale, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, is set 15 years after the siblings killed the witch who kidnapped them. Hansel and Gretel have now evolved into bounty hunters who pursue witches.
Bait 3D now has a Dutch poster. It will arrive September 18 on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack from Anchor Bay. “This 3D thriller tells the story of a group of survivors in a sleepy beach town who suddenly find themselves trapped inside a submerged supermarket, following a freak tsunami.” Xavier Samuel, Sharni Vinson (You’re Next), Alex Russell (Chronicle), and Julian McMahon star.
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