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.
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.
Last Updated: October 16, 2015