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No rest for the Witch Hunters.
The power of international box office continues to make surprise hits out of films that otherwise flopped here in the States as Paramount has announced a sequel to "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" is officially in development, according to Deadline.
The revisionist fairy tale stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as super-sexy grown-up versions of the hapless brother and sister who ran afoul of a witch and almost ended up as witch food. Now they wander the Earth bringing death to all those who would dare conjure a poisonous brew or cast a dastardly spell.
The film cost at least $50 million and made only a little over $54 million domestically, though it scored a whopping $151 million in international dollars. Paramount is going forward with a sequel since apparently somebody out there likes it, even though us dumb Americans apparently don't know quality when we see it (or, rather, don't see it).
No word on whether Renner and Arterton will be returning, though we don't see why they wouldn't. They're fun roles, and they were both terrific in them, even though everything else about the movie made for January wasteland mediocrity. Maybe get Neveldine & Taylor to just go completely gonzo with the sequel, like they did with "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance"? Hey, we liked that movie — and so did people in other countries, as it scored $80 million internationally versus $51 million domestic.
In case you missed "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" in theaters (and apparently you did), you'll be able to catch it on Blu-ray and DVD sometime before the summer.