Dust off your crossbow and hide away your children, because 2013's neo-noir interpretation of the classic Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, is getting a sequel.
The news may come as a surprise to some, considering the first movie's decidedly underwhelming domestic box office performance, grossing just $55.7 million against an estimated $50 million budget. However, it seems the international market has saved this pair of hag hunters with around $175 million brought in from abroad.
I, for one, couldn't be happier about the news. Witch Hunters was a real breath of fresh air, injecting some awesomely unexpected gruesome scenes into the classic children's fable. Case in point:
And they say this story's for kids...
Whether or not Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton will return is still uncertain, but fingers crossed Hawkeye will come back to kick some supernatural ass! The Avengers star is hopeful, but said "It'll come down to availability."
One thing's for sure: The director of the first movie, Tommy Wirkola, will not be returning for a second rural excursion, telling press:
I’ve just decided to not direct Hansel & Gretel 2. I have been lately attached to a few more things, it’s just a matter of time and priorities. I did Dead Snow 1, then Hansel & Gretel 1, and then Dead Snow 2. I want to do something a little bit different now and not just do sequels. I did write the script and I hope to be involved in it. But yeah, I won’t be directing it.
According to Deadline, commercials director and photographer Bruno Aveillan will instead helm the sequel. Even if you aren't familiar with his name, you'll have likely seen Aveillan's work, having directed for Coca-Cola, Lexus, Nike, Audi, and Nintendo. To get an idea of his style, check out his beautifully shot Tiffany commercial:
Though promising, the movie's development is still in its very early stages. Whether this sequel will make it to screens, or get lost in the woods, remains to be seen.