The sequel to “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” which was originally planned as a film, may now be headed to television. According to Deadline, Paramount is reworking the project as a cable series through Paramount TV. It is unclear whether Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton or any of the other cast would return or if the studio would start the project from scratch.
The original, which starred Renner and Arterton as the grown-up Hansel and Gretel, now on a crusade against witches, grossed a dismal $54 million in North America, but earned more than $150 million overseas, earning the greenlight for the sequel. Bruno Aveillan was hired earlier this summer to direct the project, replacing Tommy Wirkola. The studio had targeted the sequel for 2016 release, but it’s unknown whether these are still the case.
“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” would be Paramount’s second franchise film to head to television, following “Jack Ryan’s” lead.
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