When Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters debuted last year, it went on to gross $55 million domestically and an estimated $170 million internationally. Paramount was happy enough with this performance to request a sequel and they asked writer-director Tommy Wirkola to whip together a follow-up. The filmmaker – who has Dead Snow 2 arriving next month – tells us that as far as Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 is concerned, it’s all in the studio’s hands.
This writer has visited many FX houses throughout the L.A. area, but Spectra Motion FX – headed up by Mike Elizalde – has always eluded me.
With Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters arrived on DVD and Blu-ray this week, Elizade – whose team provided the FX for the hit film and created the animatronic creature suit for “Edward” (worn by Derek Mears) – opened the doors to his shop for a tour.
We got acquainted with the shop, gawking and drooling over the works Spectral Motion has provided over the years for films like Fantastic Four (and its sequel), Hellboy (and its sequel), Blade Trinity and even The Creature from the Black Lagoon remake which the shop did some concept pieces for when Breck Eisner was going to direct. Following the walk-through, I sat down with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters director Tommy Wirkola to talk about the film, the in-development sequel and Dead Snow 2 as well as Elizalde and creature performer Mears. Head inside for our video chat!
Tommy Wirkola’s horror-actioner Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters will be getting the sequel treatment, says Deadline. Why? might you ask. Because the film made a significant amount of cash at the box office. Not only that, but it did great overseas.
The film grossed an estimated $54 million domestically, however, it raked in $151 million overseas bringing its total box office to $205 million worldwide. The studio likes those numbers, so, a sequel is getting the green light.