Monday, January 9, 2012

Hansel and Gretel to hunt witches next year

Yup, there's a movie featuring classic children's characters who grow up to be witch hunters. And it stars The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner and Quantum of Solace's Gemma Arterton. And it's directed by the guy who made Basement fave Dead Snow.

Pretty good pedigree, yes? Indeed.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was actually due out March 2, a few scant months down the road with nary a trailer to judge the movie by in sight. But today Paramount Pictures announced it was pushing the action/horror/comedy back until Jan. 11, 2013.

Usually a schedule shift means bad scoobies for the movie in question. But buzz on Hansel and Gretel has been quite good and Renner is a star in the making. One can speculate Paramount wants to take advantage of his upcoming turns in The Avengers and The Bourne Movie Without Matt Damon to increase his popularity.

Tommy Wirkola's film takes place 15 years after the siblings' troubling gingerbread house encounter and finds them as bounty hunters who track and kill witches around the globe.

Sounds like fun if you ask me!

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