Will “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2” be PG-13?

June 9, 2013

Movieweb recently chatted with HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS producer Adam McKay, who talked about the upcoming sequel, which he promises will be insane, even though the plans are to make it PG-13.

The Gary Sanchez production, directed by Tommy Wirkola, and released by Paramount Pictures, performed very well for an R-rated horror film. So far, it’s surpassed $225M worldwide, and is performing well on home video. With a $50M production market, as well as P&A, if the film had been PG-13, the studio feels it would have been even more successful.

I’m really excited about the second one. Because he [Wirkola] didn’t steer the behemoth off the road on the first one,” says McKay. “You are going to get to see even more slack on his leash with the second one. He is really going to get to roam free on this. I’ve already started to hear some of the ideas he is working on, and it’s pretty insane. This could be one of those instances where the sequel does go further than the first one.

The funny thing is…I think Paramount regrets it,” McKay continues referencing the film’s R-rating. “I think they are worried that they left some money on the table with that one. There is some discussion about how we’re going to handle that with the second one…

I get it, studios are in the business of making money, not art. An R-rating hurts a film because most of the teenagers can’t see it, but I don’t believe in forcing a rating to make more money.

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