Tommy Wirkola Says HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS 2 Script is Complete; Is Jeremy Renner Too Busy to Return?

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I know I’m probably in the minority on this one, but Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was an irreverent, ridiculous blast and I absolutely cannot wait for a sequel.  Even though the film got trounced by critics, it still managed to make $55.7 million at the domestic box office and accumulate $170.6 million overseas to go along with it.  The film only ran Paramount a $50 million production tab, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when the studio announced plans to develop a sequel, but there hasn’t been much talk of it since.

However, writer-director Tommy Wirkola is busy making the rounds for his upcoming release, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, and during one interview, he confirmed that he’s written the script and that the folks at Paramount dig it.  Hit the jump for more on Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2.

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Unrated Cut Review

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Writer-director Tommy Wirkola’s style is one that will either delight you with its over-the-top gore and sick brand of humor, or will disgust you for the same reasons.  I’m happily in the former camp.  My first introduction to Wirkola’s work was the fantastic original film Dead Snow – two words: Nazi zombies.  While I missed his broader effort Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters when it opened in theaters, last night I had the opportunity to attend the premiere of the film in all of its uncut glory.  The film may not have found its audience stateside, but the global box office of nearly $225 million gives hope that Wirkola will be around for future efforts.  Perhaps the unrated cut version of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, available now on digital platforms and due out on Blu-ray/DVD on June 11th, will find more of a home with American audiences.  For my review of that particular cut, which features 12 minutes of previously-unseen bloody and violent footage, hit the jump.

Weekend Box Office: WARM BODIES Wins Super Bowl Frame with $20 Million

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It wasn’t even close. Against a handful of holdovers and one weak new release, Summit Entertainment’s Warm Bodies walked off with this year’s Super Bowl box office prize. From 3,009 locations, the zombie comedy earned an estimated $20 million – more than twice the total of the number two title. Bullet to the Head, the frame’s only other wide release, took in just $4.5 million from 2,404 locations for a sixth place finish.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Warm Bodies $20,025,000 $20
2.  Hansel & Gretel $9,210,000 $34.4
3.  Silver Linings Playbook $8,113,000 $80.3
4.  Mama $6,730,000 $58.2
5.  Zero Dark Thirty $5,300,000 $77.7
6.  Bullet to the Head $4,500,000 $4.5
7.  Parker $3,215,000 $12.4
8.  Django Unchained $3,039,000 $150.9
9.  Lincoln $2,412,000 $170.7
10.  Les Miserables $2,400,000 $141.4

Weekend Box Office: HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Leads Weak Field with $19 Million

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After three relatively strong frames, a January chill has hit the box office. Three new titles opened nationwide but only one managed to top $10 million: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters with an estimated $19 million from 3,372 locations. That was good enough for first place and higher than Friday’s results suggested, but it was not high enough to put a positive spin on the weekend.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters $19,000,000 $19
2.  Mama $12,860,000 $48.6
3.  Silver Linings Playbook $10,000,000 $69.4
4.  Zero Dark Thirty $9,800,000 $69.9
5.  Parker $7,000,000 $7
6.  Django Unchained $5,005,000 $146.2
7.  Movie 43 $5,000,000 $5
8.  Gangster Squad $4,200,000 $39.6
9.  Broken City $4,000,000 $15.2
10.  Les Miserables $3,900,000 $137.2

Friday Box Office: HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Tops PARKER and MOVIE 43 with $6 Million

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Nearly a year after it was first scheduled to hit theatres, Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is poised to take first place at the weekend box office. The R-rated fantasy starring Jeremy Renner earned an estimated $6 million from its 3,372 locations on Friday, suggesting a three-day total of $15 million. That’s $5 million short of studio expectations; but it’s not bad for a film with a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Fellow-newcomer Movie 43 claimed a 6% RT rank and see what happened? On Friday, the collection of comedy shorts earned $1.8 million from 2,023 locations and is looking at a weekend of just $5 million. FilmDistrict’s Parker, the last of the R-rated newcomers, saw an opening of $2.1 million from 2,224 locations. The action movie could get as high as $6 million by Sunday: an opening that would fall below both Killer Elite and Safe on the list of Jason Statham’s recent disappointments. Check back tomorrow for full results.

Title Friday Total
1. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters $6,025,000 $6
2. Mama $3,800,000 $39.5
3. Silver Linings Playbook $2,337,000 $61.8
4. Zero Dark Thirty $2,325,000 $62.4
5. Parker $2,130,000 $2.1

Famke Janssen Talks HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, Possible Return for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, and Netflix Series HEMLOCK GROVE

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Famke Janssen, the outspoken actress behind Jean Grey of the X-Men films and the leg crushing femme fatale Xenia of Goldeneye, returns to her villainous roots in this week’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.  It’s good to see Janssen seemingly relish every line as she menaces the brother-sister duo and threatens to bring about a ‘witch-apocalypse’… or something like that.  It’s a fun performance and a welcome return for Janssen who’s been absent from cinemas for far too long now (her brief appearances in the Taken franchise withstanding).

In the following interview with Janssen, she talks about her hiatus from acting (she was directing a picture – Bringing Up Bobby – during), the troubles of ‘witch’ prosthetics, and the joy of riding a broomstick.  Janssen also touched upon her role in the upcoming Netflix series Hemlock Grove and played coy on whether or not she’s been approached to reprise her role as Jean Grey in any of the upcoming X-Men sequels.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION to Show Four Minutes of 3D Footage with a Whole Mess of Ninjas before HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Starting January 24th

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If you needed extra incentive to go see Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters when it opens this week, perhaps the bonus of seeing a preview of four minutes of footage from G.I. Joe: Retaliation will convince you.  Audiences will be treated to four minutes of 3D footage from the Jon M. Chu-directed sequel starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and ALL the ninjas! G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens March 29th.

Make sure to get caught up on all of our recent G.I. Joe: Retaliation coverage, including interviews with Chu, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Adrianne Palicki and a recent Japanese trailer for the film.  Hit the jump to watch a preview of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation footage that will screen in front of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters starting January 24th.

Director Tommy Wirkola Talk HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, More Violent Footage on the Blu-ray, Shooting in 3D, and DEAD SNOW Sequel

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has had a troubled journey getting to screens. Originally slated to arrive in cinemas last year, the film was delayed for a year and underwent substantial editing changes.  According to the film’s director, Tommy Wirkola – this was all due to a dispute over the level of violence in the film – which is surprising considering just how very red and wet the movie being released this Friday actually is.  The reimagining of the classic Brothers Grimm tale cast Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) as adults who have made it their lives work to hunt and kill the broom riding, child eating witches that almost ate them as children.  Head squashing, bodies torn limb from limb, and just good ol’ fashioned decapitation ensue.  So how much more violent could the original cut have been?

In the following interview with Wirkola, he discusses just how violent the film used to be and the scene that was just too much for test audiences.  He also talks about his affinity for blending horror with comedy, shooting the picture in 3D and his just-finished-written sequel to Dead Snow. For the full interview, hit the jump.

12 New Images from HANSEL AND GRETEL WITCH HUNTERS Feature Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen

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New images from Tommy Wirkola’s darkly twisted fairy tale Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters show off titular stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, along with some new looks at the villainous villainess, played by Famke Janssen.  You can check out a recent interview with Janssen about the movie here, along with another set of previously released images and the latest trailer.

Also starring Peter Stormare, Zoe Bell and Thomas Mann, Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters opens January 25th.  Hit the jump to see the new images.

8 New Images from HANSEL AND GRETEL WITCH HUNTERS Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton

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Some new images from Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters have cropped up.  If you caught the latest red-band trailer for the flick, you know that Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) and Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia) are seeking to exterminate witches with their own brand of gratuitous vengeance.  These new images give a good look at the characters and their weapons (is that Looper’s Blunderbuss?) as well as co-stars Peter Stormare (Fargo) and Thomas Mann (Project X).  Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters opens on January 25th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

Exclusive Premiere of the New HANSEL AND GRETEL WITCH HUNTERS Red-Band Trailer

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We’re happy to host the exclusive premiere of the new red-band trailer for Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters.  While the previous trailer highlighted a lot of the witch-killing action by the brother-and-sister team, this new trailer sheds a bit more light on their backstory.  Hansel and Gretel are revealed to have a motive for killing witches that goes beyond just having a badass profession.  We also get a few new one-liners from title stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, which are good for a laugh and great for setting the tone of the picture, one that thankfully doesn’t take itself too seriously.

From director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) comes the dark fairy tale Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, also starring Peter Stormare, Famke Janssen, Thomas Mann and Zoe Bell, which opens January 25, 2013.  Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.

New Poster for HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS 3D Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton

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In case you couldn’t tell from the above image, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters will be coming at you in 3D! We have a new Brazilian poster to share with you today, one that puts you front and center for writer/director Tommy Wirkola’s darkly comic spin on a classic fairy tale. Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) star as the titular siblings who travel the world to track and kill witches, but quickly find themselves being hunted in turn. Get a taste of the action by checking out the red-band trailer here.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters also stars Peter Stormare, Famke Janssen, Thomas Mann and Zoe Bell, and opens January 25, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the new poster.

New Red Band Trailer and Poster for HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

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Just in time for Halloween, a new red band trailer and poster for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters have been released.  The action-fantasy film stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the titular fairy tale characters, though in this story they’re all grown up and out for some very bloody witch payback.  The pic actually looks like it could be a fun ride, with plenty of gore and inventive kills to keep genre fans happy.  I’m a little disheartened by the reliance on CGI effects vs. practical work as the story provides the perfect opportunity for some great physical effects.  It’s also a tad disappointing to see the “damsel in distress” role that Arterton appears to be thrown into while Renner is painted as the “sexy hero,” but we’ve only seen brief glimpses of the characters in the trailers so hopefully she holds her own in the full film.

Hit the jump to check out the red band trailer and poster.  Directed by Tommy Wirkola, the film also stars Famke Janssen and Peter StormareHansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters opens in 3D on January 11th, 2013.

Famke Janssen Talks TAKEN 2, HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, HEMLOCK GROVE, Her Directorial Debut BRINGING UP BOBBY and Follow-Up RIO ROJO

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In the action thriller Taken 2, from director Olivier Megaton and co-screenwriters Luc Besson (who’s also a producer on the film) and Robert Mark Kamen, Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his abducted daughter (Maggie Grace). Two years later, the family of those responsible are now seeking their own vengeance, this time on his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen), with whom Bryan is hoping to reconcile.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Famke Janssen talked about the surprise global success of the first film, her immediate reaction upon hearing about the sequel, working with a new director this time, and the experience of shooting in Istanbul. She also talked about taking three years away from acting to dedicate herself to her full-length feature debut as a writer/director, called Bringing Up Bobby, going through three hours of make-up to play a witch in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, what attracted her to the Eli Roth Netflix series Hemlock Grove, and the next film she’s hoping to direct. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

TOP 5: TIFF 2012 Coverage, First HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Trailers, BACHELORETTE, Hollywood! Adapt This, THE WORDS

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Generally speaking, I try and keep the Top 5 opening paragraph as topical as possible (i.e. films, television, posters, etc.). This week that protocol is easier than ever to follow as I recently got my first chance to check out director Gareth EvansThe Raid. Keeping this short and sweet, if you’ve yet to partake in The Raid and have ever derived any joy from watching action fare, martial arts, and the like, then you have a giant favor to do for yourself. Quickly find a way to check out this actioner and try to keep a smile from forming across your face while watching.

Movie recommendations aside, this weekend brings you a recap of all of our 2012 Toronto International Film Festival thus far, the first trailer and poster for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, video interviews with the cast and director of Bachelorette, the inaugural installment of our Hollywood! Adapt This feature spotlighting Disney’s Gargoyles, and The Words video interviews with Bradley Cooper, co-writer/co-director Brian Klugman, and more. A brief recap and link to each awaits on the other side.

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