Paramount is once again shuffling the release date of Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. This time the change is only a few weeks as opposed to a whole year, but that doesn’t mean there’s not still plenty of time between now and then to push it back more.
As you may recall, the Paramount and MGM supernatural action fantasy starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the Grimm fairy tale brother and sister all grown up and turned gun-toting witch hunters after wicked witch Famke Janssen got bumped a whole year from March 12, 2012, to January 11, 2013. At the time the explanation was that the studio wanted to hold off releasing the film until after the summer, when they hoped Renner’s roles in The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy would make him a bigger box office draw. That Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters has now been pushed back two whole weeks seems to indicate the studio brass aren’t convinced that Renner’s roles as “Hawkeye” and “Not Matt Damon” have made him a bankable enough star to open an R-rated dark fantasy flick that looks like a Stephen Sommers fever dream against Ryan Gosling in a fedora (Gangster Squad) and scene-chewing conmen Al Pacino and Christopher Walken (Stand Up Guys).
According to Deadline, the new January 25, 2013 release date pits the witch hunters against Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in the crime drama Parker and a slew of famous actors and directors in the comedic anthology Movie 43. Not entirely sure if that increases its odds or not.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters will be opening in 2D, 3D, and on IMAX screens come January 25th, assuming, of course, that the release date doesn’t get pushed back yet again.
Expect more soon, but for now keep an eye on the official Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D website!
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