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'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' Sequel Lands a Director

Although we may have forgotten about the planned sequel to 2013's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," Paramount Pictures hasn't. In fact, The Tracking Board reports the studio is pushing ahead with the action-horror film, hiring Bruno Aveillan to direct.

The original, which starred Jeremy Renner and Gemma 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. In the process, however, it lost director Tommy Wirkola, who said he wasn't interested in returning.

According to The Tracking Board, Paramount is still searching for a new writer to rewrite Wirkola's sequel script, and "pump a little more excitement into the franchise."

The studio had targeted the sequel for 2016 release, but it's unknown whether that's still the case.

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