Paramount had a modest hit a few years back with the release of ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ and for a time a movie sequel was in development.
Now it looks like that development is moving more towards making a series for television as apposed to a second movie.
If this proves to be the case then a bit of recasting might be necessary for plans to move forward. The movie, which was a sleeper hit back in 2013 starred Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton.
According to Deadline plans have been set in motion for a TV show, which would take over from the planned movie sequel, which was to be directed by Bruno Aveillan. If the TV show moves forward it would likely be for cable and would be produced by Gary Sanchez and done in Partnership with MGM.
Hansel & Gretel only grossed $55 million domestic on a $50 million budget, but the movie absolutely killed it overseas when it was released in early 2013, racking up $170 million in offshore grosses. This is early, and they are still figuring it out, but it is a hot topic because the filmmakers all were taken by surprise. This becomes the second Paramount feature property to jump from films to television, after ‘Jack Ryan’ was moved to a TV property that’s being done by Carlton Cuse and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and which Paramount TV sold to Amazon.