EXCLUSIVE: ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2’ Will Be Insane Promises Producer Adam McKay

Known for comedy hits ‘Anchorman’ and ‘Step Brothers’, the director changes pace with this action fantasy franchise, now in pre-production on a sequel.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 is now in pre-production
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 is now in pre-production
Nearing a wrap on his long-awaited sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues, writer/producer/director Adam McKay took a few minutes out of his day to chat about next week's release of the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - Rated and Unrated Versions Blu-ray. The original Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a film few people know as a Will Ferrell/Adam McKay production. But the duo was with the project from the first stages of its inception to its final incarnation on screen. And they are returning for the sequel, which is currently in pre-production.

Adam hinted at the scope of this sequel, which he can't wait to see, crediting director Tommy Wirkola for the success of the first film. He promises that Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 has the potential to go completely off the rails.

"It's this deranged Norwegian geek, and he has been given the wheel to this giant corporate money making behemoth. That, to me, is the entire fun of Hollywood. The fact that this kid was given this wheel. I'm really excited about the second one. Because he didn't steer the behemoth off the road on the first one. You are going to get to see even more slack on his leash with the second one. He is really going to get to roam free on this. I've already started to hear some of the ideas he is working on, and its pretty insane. This could be one of those instances where the sequel does go further than the first one."

The director also talked about the R rating of the first movie, and how Paramount may not allow for that to happen a second time. How might that hamper creative freedom on the set?

"The funny thing is...I think Paramount regrets it. I think they are worried that they left some money on the table with that one. There is some discussion about how we're gong to handle that with the second one. We were a little surprised too. I have to be honest about that. It kept going deeper into it, and I kept expecting that moment to come...But to Adam Goodman's credit over here at Paramount, he never reversed on it. He promised that it could be R, and he stuck with that all the way to the end. Even at the point where there might have been some discussion about, "We should switch it!" Because of that, that is only why Tommy Wirkola is coming back for a second one. Only because the executive stood by the creative in that case."

What do you think? Are you excited to see Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2? Or should they have stopped with the first one?

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was released January 25th, 2013 and stars Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Pihla Viitala, Derek Mears, Robin Atkin Downes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joanna Kulig. The film is directed by Tommy Wirkola.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 was released in 2014 and stars Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton.

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Comments (15)

  1. Bruce Martin

    the first one was epic! the sequel should be kept as an R rating, it helped make the movie, and since when are the higher ups every right? if it becomes a kids movie I will certainly be less likely to see it.

    1 year agoby @Bruce-MartinFlag

  2. Ian Hopkins

    If I don't see a sequel... I might just explode with anger. This film is mine and my partners favourite film. So please pull your finger out guys! We watch this film like twice a week on DVD. Action from beginning to end, now that's what I call a film!

    1 year agoby @Ian-HopkinsFlag

  3. Kendra Eiker

    Saw it twice in theaters in 3D. Awesome movie. I can't wait until the sequel.

    2 years agoby @Kendra-EikerFlag

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  5. Sean

    @2movieguys I was going to see it when it came out but I didn't get a chance to, and I decided that I would just wait for it to be released on Blu-ray.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. CelluloidDreams

    Did anyone see this?!?!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  7. Sean

    @rocknrolla Yeah, I hope that they don't do that either. That would really suck.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. Mwheeler1324

    Downloaded the first one on iTunes and was very happy it was a good solid movie! So excited to hear about the sequel and will see it.

    2 years agoby @mwheeler1324Flag

  9. RocknRolla

    Paramount better not water down this sequel with a PG-13, otherwise I won't bother watching this.

    2 years agoby @rocknrollaFlag

  10. ollie-styrene

    just saw part 1,.. and it was actually very entertaining,... high popcorn factor but very enjoyable.. I`m happy they bring back Tommy Wirkola for part 2. he also brought us Dead Snow a few years back,.. an insanely funny nazi zombie flick...

    2 years agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  11. Sean

    @mr-k What would you want them improve on with the characters Hansel and Gretel ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  12. Sean

    @mr-k You're not referring to the main characters are you ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  13. Mr.K

    As long as they improve the story and characters, I'm down for this!

    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

  14. JasonKat

    Im Down with Hansel & Gretel: 2. The first was very good. I love alot of the stuns they did, and makeup was pure gold. alil scary for kids but who cares? this isnt meant to be seen by kids under 13yo. Anyhow. i hope part2 is as strong as they say its gonna be.

    2 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

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