Tommy Wirkola Won't Direct HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Sequel

Tommy Wirkola, who wrote and directed 2013's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, has told Fangoria that he will not direct the sequel. Hit the jump to voice your sadness.


Oh, let me taste your tears! Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet! Americans ($55M) won't care about this news, but based on the international ($170M) success of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters there will be plenty of foreigners crying in their blood pudding. Fangoria recently chatted with Tommy Wirkola, who wrote and directed the 2013 horror-action film, and he revealed that he won't direct the sequel. A bit of surprise as he has already completed the film's script.

I’ve just decided to not direct HANSEL & GRETEL 2,” Wirkola told Fangoria. “I have been lately attached to a few more things, it’s just a matter of time and priorities.” he continues. “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.”

Catching up with Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton), fifteen years after the traumatic incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have grown into vengeful bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches. Over the years, the siblings became expert hunters, famous for their proficiency at tracking and taking down their prey. Although still recovering from their ordeal, their work is relatively easy as for an unknown reason harmful spells and curses do not work well against them.

The Mayor of Augsburg recruits them to rid the town and nearby forests of an evil sorceress (Famke Janssen) who is planning to sacrifice many local children at the witches' gathering during the upcoming 'Blood Moon' night in two days time. To make things worse, the duo also has to deal with the brutal Sheriff Berringer (Peter Stormare) who has taken power in Augsburg and conducts a very indiscriminate witch-hunt of his own.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, directed by Tommy Wirkola, the cast includes Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Derek Mears and Peter Stormare.
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