'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' Sequel Is Officially a Go

Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner

Paramount and MGM announce the follow-up to the Jeremy Renner-starring movie as the first film has crossed $200 million mark worldwide.

Paramount and MGM have officially announced that "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" sequel is in the works. The two companies greenlight the follow-up to the Tommy Wirkola-directed film after the first film crossed $200 million at the global box office.

A reimagining of the classic fairytale with a twist, the January 24 release starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton was a flop in North America box office as it opened at $19.6 million and grossed $54 million so far on a reported $50 million budget. The action comedy movie, however, was well-received overseas, raking in more than $150 million for a worldwide total of $205 million.

There is no word on whether Renner and Arterton, who played the adult version of the titular siblings, will reprise their roles in the sequel. Meanwhile, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick who produced the first movie are expected to return for "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2".

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    Mar 19, 2013

    I'm having a hard time understanding how it was a "flop" when it made all its money back in the states alone in less than 4 weeks. It's been #1 in almost every box office including US. Usually thats good... great even. Thats the first fairy-whatever to do that (even without kristen stewart or abraham lincoln). So you might want to replace the "flop" with "panned," since we all know that critically it wasn't received well at all. Clearly it did great financially and has some sort of cult following to make this much dough, geez, but we all know that it was more bad Grindhouse than polished fantasy flick. Gotta hand it to Renner though. Even when he does wrong (and makes a rare shatty movie), he still does right (it earns 3x the amount it was made for). I think I speak for everyone by saying I hope he continues onto greater things...out of all the franchises he has his hand in, I think I'd be ok with him passing this torch to someone else, unless they find a way to turn that bad Grindhouse feel to good Grindhouse one. My two cents.

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