‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ pushed from March 2012 to January 2013
Motive is to exploit Jeremy Renner’s starpower by the end of the year.
One movie that has been off the radar despite having a March release date is ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’, which is cool new take on the story but doesn’t even have a trailer or poster yet (aside from this teaser image). Makes sense, since Paramount was planning to push the movie back into next year.
Deadline reports that Paramount has pushed the release of the movie from March 2012 all the way to January 2013. The reason being that Paramount wants star Jeremy Renner to be a bigger name by the end of the year, which he is bound to be after the release of ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Bourne Legacy’. That way, they can cash in more on his starpower than they would now despite the fact that most audiences will know him still from his role in ‘Ghost Protocol’. But another reason could be that the movie just plain old sucks and the studio is dumping it to the burial ground known as January. But they insist that even movies in January can be hits, as evidenced by the horror sensation of this week ‘The Devil Inside’ which opened at $35 million at the box office in just 3 days (despite terrible reviews).
We’ll have to wait and see what the truth is until the trailer arrives. The movie also stars Gemma Arterton as Gretel along with Famke Janssen and Peter Stormare, with Tommy Wikkola.