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.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 is now 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.