While HBO has made no comment on the future of their hit series Game of Thrones, cast members have made mention that the series will return for a fourth season. It makes sense, considering the upcoming third season only covers about half of Storm of Swords. Also word has come that the premium cable channel is considering a prequel series that details the struggle for the Iron Throne and is based on a series of novellas set 100 years before the events of the show and starring two characters named Dunk and Egg.
Kate Winslet has joined the cast of Divergent, the Neil Burger-directed film based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult about a futuristic world where people are
The fairytale reboot is one of Hollywood's newest and most unwelcome inventions: children's tales ramped up and complicated with added PG action and lite sexiness, and mostly with their charm and psychological insight stripped out. The recent Hansel and Gretel reimagining was about as pleasurable as adult chicken pox. But I have to admit that against the odds, this new version of the panto fave Jack and the Beanstalk is watchable in a ridiculous way, and director Bryan Singer supplies quite a bit of entertainment bang for your buck.
Nicholas Hoult is Jack, now a young-adult hottie rather than a mere lad, and what he has to sell is a horse, rather than an undignified cow. The five beans he gets create a beanstalk that leads to a mysterious land of giants. The sinister and
However, Jack has yet to open in many European territories (it launches in the UK this weekend, March 22) or in Japan and latin America, so there's chance yet for it to improve on its $91 million earnings and recoup more of that whopping $195 million production cost.
Hansel and Gretel has found the magic ingredient to success with its modest $50 million budget (which it has crucially exceeded in North American ticket sales) and has now taken just over $205 million worldwide.
You may think there can't be much more mileage in this particular story of Grimm-with-guns-and-gore, but the financial takings have been enough to convince Paramount Pictures, MGM and MTV Films to announce a witch-hunting sequel.
Box office update: ‘Hansel and Gretel’ wins Friday
Deadline report that the film’s international box office numbers have been a key to the decision to move on with a sequel.
Released back in January in the Us, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters opened in the top spot at the box office in the States. Its performance has been moderate-to-successful in the Us, settling at just over $54m.
The film has taken more than three quarters of its revenue abroad, however, and the international figures have clearly impressed the studio enough to move ahead with the follow-up.
As of yet, it’s not known whether Wirkola will be back on board for the second film, after writing
Deadline has the news, and credits the movie's global box office success as a main reason that a follow up is being made. MGM and Paramount have reportedly confirmed that a sequel is being worked on, with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Kevin Messick and Beau Flynn expected to return as producers.
But what about the mains stars, or director Tommy Wirkola? The Deadline article does not mention whether they are contracted to return for another movie. The two talented leads definitely helped make the movie, and it is hard to picture a sequel working quite as well without the same Hansel and Gretel.
Also, will the duo of
Continue reading: Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters: Paramount Pictures sequel Coming
Why the decision to make "Hansel and Gretel 2" when U.S. audiences were so unmoved by the first film? Overseas dollars. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" has earned more than $151 million from international ticket buyers, giving the film $205 million in total revenue. Combine that number with the project's reported budget (roughly $50 million) and "Witch Hunters" looks like a success. To wit: "Hansel and Gretel" has the same global tally as box office smash "Silver Linings Playbook.
It’s a news story not many expected, in truth. An opening weekend of $19 million is hardly considered a blockbuster hit, plus, the month of January has become known as the cinematic lull for releases in the wake of the annual Oscars’ zenith. More to the point, the studio itself pushed the film from its initial March 2012 release to January 2013, a decision which many interpreted as showing a lack of confidence in the production. Nonetheless, the successful financial turnout gave Paramount the impetus they needed, but will the studio stretch
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