Tommy Wirkola Not Returning to Direct HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS 2

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Even though he has completed the script to the film, Tommy Wirkola (who also helmed the Dead Snow films) has said that he’s decided against returning to direct Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2.  I’m not sure if this really qualifies as a blow against the film since Wirkola is still attached to produce the thing and oversee his script, and if Paramount is able to find some young hotshot director to make this their playground then it could actually be a cool scenario.

I identify with Wirkola’s reasoning here, as it seems he doesn’t want to be caught in an endless cycle of making sequels to his own films.  The biggest hurdle facing the project remains the potential unavailability of star Jeremy Renner.  Hit the jump for more on Tommy Wirkola not returning to direct Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2.

Juliet Blake Developing Live-Action HANSEL AND GRETEL Movie Based on Neil Gaiman Graphic Novel

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Producer Juliet Blake (The Hundred-Foot Journey) has acquired the feature rights to Hansel and Gretel, the upcoming graphic novel authored by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti.  The plan is to make a live-action Hansel and Gretel movie that I suspect will be a shade more faithful to the Brothers Grimm fairy tale than last year’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.  Gaiman remarked to Variety:

“For me, retelling Hansel and Gretel was a way of telling an old tale in a way that made it immediate and true, and about us, now.  It reminds us of how paper thin civilization really is.  It’s about hunger, and about families. . . I’m thrilled and delighted to be working with Juliet Blake to bring Hansel and Gretel to the world again, and to show people how much this story has to say to us.”

Hit the jump for the official graphic novel synopsis.

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.

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