The HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS sequel is now heading to TV series instead

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Only a few months ago Paramount Pictures surprisingly announced that 2013’s highly-underrated and fun – but also under-performing box office-wise – Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which starred Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, would get a sequel. Bruno Aveillan was attached to direct and the script would be written by Tommy Wirkola (who directed the original) and Michael Finch (Predators).

Now Deadline are reporting that Paramount have changed direction, cancelled the sequel, and are instead moving the property across to Paramount TV in order to develop it for the small screen. There’s no confirmation yet on who will be the showrunner, or if any of the people linked to the now-cancelled movie sequel are still involved.

In doing so it joins an ever-expanding list of Paramount movie properties that are being converted into TV shows – which include the likes of American Gigolo (ugh), Ashecliffe (based on Shutter Island, cool), Fatal Attraction (why?) and Galaxy Quest (yay) among many others. Paramount’s first converted movie property, Minority Report, recently kicked off its first season. If you’re curious about that show I’ll save you some time – if it were a painting, it would have a very nice frame.

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I think Hansel & Gretel has potential as a TV series provided they keep the season(s) short so as to reduce the number of (literally) monster-of-the-week episodes, and instead focus on a single monster hunt being undertaken over multiple episodes; while also maintaining the fun campy tone of the movie. Hopefully the (potential) show will maintain its time period, because fast forwarding the series to modernity will mean competing directly with well-established monster hunting shows like Supernatural and Grimm.

It’ll also live or die by the hands of its leads – while Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton were very engaging in the original movie, I doubt very much either will star in the TV series. What do you think, is more Hansel & Gretel a good thing? No need to ask our resident gingerbread man.

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Last Updated: October 16, 2015

  • Andre116

    Think I got halfway through Minority report before deciding it wasted enough of my time.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      The worst thing about it is, I was really impressed by the special effects. Everything looked good, everything else sucked.

      • Andre116

        Yup, that seemed all in place. I was just bored out of my mind. Speaking of potential horrible tv shows…have you seen the pilot for Lucifer?

        • Kervyn Cloete

          Lucifer was freaking great. It left me very confused though, coz the epic mythological comic book it’s based on is my favourite comic book story of all time, and the series threw away everything except the characters’ names and some minor details. But it was still crazy amounts of fun to watch.

          • Andre116

            I’ve sadly never read the comics. Tv showed annoyed me because of the constant in jokes and references that Lucifer was making about him being Lucifer. Got old, real soon. We get it…you are the devil! Stop trying to let everyone in on it. And then I have the horrible feeling of him becoming a parental figure through the series. Nope, nope, nope.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Like Kervyn said, I really enjoyed it. I haven’t read the comics so I could just go with the flow, and the lead was an entertaining… well, dick.

            I think he was doing the Lucifer thing all the time because he knows it irritates people and that they won’t believe him anyway. I get what you mean about him becoming a parental figure though.

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