The critics were savage to Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters when it arrived in cinemas. However, a global haul of more than $226 million was more than enough for Paramount to hit the sequel button. 

Having won a plethora of awards for his short films and commercials, Paramount have targeted Bruno Aveillan to helm the second chapter of the reimagined Hansel and Gretel. Tommy Wirkola was due to return to write and direct the sequel, but after dipping back into sequels for Dead Snow 2 and Kill Buljo 2, he opted out of directing another follow-up. Wirkola is currently working on the script and recently teased that voodoo is a big part of the story. 

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters starred Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the grown-up fairytale siblings who were waging war against all witches. There’s currently no confirmation that both leads will be returning, but I’m willing to bet they have contractual sequel obligations to fill. Should they not be back, we could be dealing with a prequel or possibly recasting the two main roles. 

Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, Witch Hunters was by no means a masterpiece but it served as an enjoyable counterbalance to the never-ending family-friendly fairytale reimaginings. In a strange way, an overly violent and occasionally funny horror take on the material was unapologetically entertaining. Is it wrong that I’m quietly looking forward to the sequel? 

At present, there is no hint of a release date or when production is likely to commence, but now a director has been found we should expect firm details to arrive soon