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Good News, Hansel and Gretel Fans, You’re Getting a Sequel


Pictured here: Jeremy Renner trying to figure out whether he has to be in this or if he can go back to making movies that the producing studio doesn’t hate.

Look, I’m well aware that there are fans of Hansel and Gretel out there, and I would never denigrate anybody who loves an mostly inoffensive flop. In fact, I was actively hoping that H&G would wind up being the same kind of lovable camp as Van Helsing. According to my usual sources, however, it wasn’t. Additionally, it made a very paltry American box office. So why has Paramount put a sequel into development?

First I should source my implication that Paramount was not particularly fond of Hansel and Gretel. If you’re not familiar with the particular production woes of this one, it was shelved for nearly a year even though it was essentially complete (cast and crew merely filmed an extra post credits scene in that time). The reason given at the time was out of “consideration” for Jeremy Renner‘s release schedule, giving The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy an extremely generous eight to five month head start before H&G would grace theaters. This is politically neutral Hollywood speak for “Renner’s got a bunch of blockbusters coming up that are going to be much better for his career than this movie, and he’s asked us to not muck things up by releasing this very likely flop first.” However, there is a certain point at which production studios become contractually obligated to release movies and Hansel and Gretel hit theaters in January 2013 instead of March 2012.

It was roundly panned by most mainstream critics, and grabbed a mere $54.6 million at the American box office, against a reported budget of $50 million. But the international box office is now a big consideration for movie studios, and that’s where H&G made most of its money, more than $150 million. And that’s enough for Paramount to look into making a sequel. Now, it’s important to note that all we know is that a sequel is in “development.” No writer or director has been attached, nor has it even been confirmed whether this will be a theatrical or home video release, or will even involve the same actors. But Hansel and Gretel fans, random-fluctuations-in-the-space-time-continuum bless you, you might be getting a sequel.

(via Collider.)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mauricio-Ariel-Portnoy/100000503515035 Mauricio Ariel Portnoy

    call me crazy but the fact that they call the troll Edward made me laugh until i choke my ass off, and the fact that on his terms ” that trolls serve witches” is a glorius take that on some maladjusted franchise over the perspective on female power

  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    …I don’t get it.

  • Anonymous

    Aww, I was hoping this would be the end of the live action fairy tale trend. They can’t all be as good as Snow White and the Huntsman.

    Yeah for anyone about to say that that The Huntsman wasn’t good:
    1. I disagree but only mildly
    2. Even so, Mirror Mirror was worse. Hansel and Gretel was worse, Jack The Giant Slayer was worse. The Huntsman is in fact the incredibly low bar that no-one seems to be able to jump over.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=3422412 Abhinav Jain

    I loved the film. Is it flawed? Well yeah. But I still had FUN. That’s what I care about. I’m looking forward to the sequel.

  • Sara

    Honestly Huntsman wasnt that awesome. Hansel and Gretel and Jack the Giant Slayer were both way more awesome than that crap.

  • Sara

    Exactly! It was a fun film, wasn’t expecting more than that. God forbid we are simply entertained and dont find deeper meaning in a movie.

  • Anonymous

    Oh it wasn’t ‘awesome’. It’s deeply deeply flawed. I’m giving it mild praise mostly because Charlize Theron absolutely kills it as the evil queen. Plus it’s visually interesting at least.

    And then if you really really stretch your artistic interpretation skills Huntsman can be seen as a sort of interesting critique of the way the movie industry treats it’s actresses. Probably unintentional, but I don’t like to let intent get in the way of my crazy theories.

  • Sara

    Oh yes, her and Chris Hemsworth were the only redeeming qualities of it for the most part. If they had a different Snow White, it probably could have been better.

  • Anonymous

    Fortunately, “development” doesn’t mean a whole lot in Hollywood.

  • http://twitter.com/LauraTruxillo Laura Truxillo

    It wasn’t as much stupid fun as I’d hoped, but overall still pretty fun. And I liked the brother-sister vibe from the two of them (especially the ending a conversation by rolling under the bed thing).

  • Christelle LaJeunesse

    I very much enjoyed H&G, waaaaay more than Van Helsing, which I was pretty disappointed by. I haven’t seen any of the more recent batch of live-action fantasy, so I won’t comment on those. H&G was very fun and had surprisingly well rounded characters for what was essentially a violent romp. It had lots of ass-kicking chicks who weren’t overly sexualized or made stupidly helpless. It was better than I expected and I hope the sequel – if it gets made – has the same charm.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/cnaff79.

  • http://twitter.com/Gauldar BOBRACHA

    Informing the public that a sequel is in the works, could also help drum up DVD sales of the first movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mauricio-Ariel-Portnoy/100000503515035 Mauricio Ariel Portnoy

    la saga crepusculo, con un demonio

  • http://twitter.com/annathecrow Ta Vrána

    Yeah, it’s a bad movie. Plotholes abound and pacing all over the place. But, I loved the characters, especially Gretel. I’ve spent most of the movie fangirling and if the sequel will be at least marginally better then the first one, I’ll be all over it. I regret nothing. :D

  • http://twitter.com/eregyrn Eregyrn

    I actually assumed that the delay in release was more like, “he has two movies coming up that even we can see are way, way better than this movie, so let’s wait until they’re out and he gets all the positive press from those, and THEN release this movie to trade on his popularity”. Seems fairly plausible to me. Kind of similar to how a couple of Chris Hemsworth movies sat on the shelf for a while (“The Cabin in the Woods” and “Red Dawn”), and then they happen to come out after he’s gotten attention for “Thor” and such great press for “The Avengers”. (I hear everywhere that “Cabin” was good in its own right, and that “Red Dawn”‘s problems were studio-financial related, but still — good timing on their parts.)

    (I thought H&G was perfectly good fun; gobsmackingly WTF, but in a good way. The main thing I could lose for a sequel would be the gore. I didn’t see the point of it. Did it really bring IN that many people?)