AceShowbiz - Now that words are out that the script for "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2" is complete, the question whether %cJeremy Renner% and %cGemma Arterton% will return for the sequel arises. Asked by Cinema Blend if he has been signed on, the former says, "Not that I'm aware of, no."
"I know they're going to make one. I know they're writing a script. And that's when they will probably engage with any talent," the actor continues, before being informed that the script is already finished to which he gives a surprise "Ah" response.
Renner says the studio hasn't approached him just yet, but he is game to reprise his role as Hansel in the sequel. "I don't have any problem with it. Yeah. It was a lot of fun. It was fun to do that movie, and just have a ball," he states.
"It's ultimately going to come down to - I know they have a release date and they really want to get it out there - but I have to have the time. I'm only one man, right? And then also Gemma's availability. It'll come down to availability I'm sure," he explains.
In a chat with Shock Till You Drop, Tommy Wirkola who directed and penned the first film said, "I've written the script for it. I've given it to Paramount and it's up to them now. But I don't know what's going to happen. Jeremy [Renner] is so busy these days, I don't know how they're going to juggle all of that, but it's up to [Paramount]."
"Hopefully, I'll get to do another film first. They really liked the script I gave them. The first film was a learning curve for me working in the studio system and the script I wrote for the original was so different. We ended up taking a lot out and altering stuff that first time. I'm smarter now. I tried taking what I learned and still delivered a sequel script that's an R-rated action film."
Renner will next reprise his role as Hawkeye in "Avengers: Age of Ultron", return as an ally for %cTom Cruise%'s Ethan Hunt in "Mission: Impossible V" and continue to lead the untitled new Bourne movie. There are also rumors that his Hawkeye character will have a bigger role in "Captain America 3".