Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 Gets Award Winning Director


          When Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton came out in 2013, everyone thought it would be just a usual fairy-tail movie featuring the siblings with an adult twist that would barely make a mark in the cinemas. But everyone was surprised when it opened to theaters in March and became a blockbuster hit, more than tripling its $50 million budget and earning $220 million worldwide.

            Because of the success that it gained with a such a low budget (for blockbuster standards), of course Hollywood won't pass up the opportunity to make another one. Two months after the first film's release, there were news of a sequel being on development. Tommy Wirkola wrote the script for the previous film and was set to return, with a script apparently completed in November, but he eventually left the project stating that "it's up to them now" (referring to Paramount). Everyone thought that was it for the sequel, until now.

            Deadline reports that the studio finally has a director attached for Hansel and Gretel sequel. The Award winning commercial director Bruno Aveillan will be helming the movie which will be his first ever feature film debut. But whether they will use Tommy Wirkla's screenplay or do something else remains to be seen.

            Bruno Aveillan is a world renowned director, having worked on experimental short films and numerous commercials and short stories for big companies like Coca-Cola, Samsung, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Nike and more. He is known to bring a certain experimental and artistic aesthetic for these brands. One of his short films even won 40 awards.

            With this kind of background directing the film, expect the sequel to have extremely stunning visuals and an artistic use of visual effects for what is ultimately an adult fairy-tale inspired action movie. if you're not convinced, you can check out Aveillan's Vimeo page (https://vimeo.com/album/2147769) to get a feel of his visual style.

            We don't know if Jeremy Renner or Gemma Arterton will be returning on the filming location, but Deadline does say that “Aveillan will continue the adventures of the witch-hunting siblings played by Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton,” so this means the two leads will probably be back. But still, it remains to be seen until Paramount studios confirm that the actors have officially signed on for the sequel. With the star power of Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton's background, we doubt Paramount would choose to recast the roles unless they want to make the film in a lower budget than the first.

            On top of that, there is also no update about the production date for neither the film nor where the filminglocation will be. What we do know however is that Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick will produce via Gary Sanchez Productions with Beau Flynn returning for FlynnPictureCo. 


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