‘Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters’ Pushed Back To 2013

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hansel gretel witch hunters release date Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters Pushed Back To 2013

When the first official image from Paramount Pictures’ Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters was unveiled, the plan was (reportedly) to release an official trailer for the R-Rated fairy tale spinoff about a week later.

Obviously, that didn’t happen and now we have a better idea of why: Paramount has decided to hold off on releasing the fantastical Gemma Arterton-Jeremy Renner teamup in Spring of 2012. Instead, the studio has selected to push the film back all the way to January 11th, 2013, for (official) reasons that have yet to be revealed.

Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters was originally slated to open on March 2nd, 2012, where it would have faced off against the bubbly kid-friendly adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and the raunchy teen comedy/faux documentary Project X. Considering that Witch Hunters is a bloody, tongue-in-cheek supernatural action romp said to be in the vein of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, audience overlap was not exactly an issue and wouldn’t explain the release date change-up.

There are probably two main factors that affected Paramount’s decision:

  1. Renner is currently making headlines as one of the stars of the hit Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, will show up in The Avengers early this summer, and he’s the lead in this year’s The Bourne Legacy. Hence, studio heads might’ve been concerned that moviegoers would suffer from “Renner overload” in 2012 and choose to pass on Witch Hunters – so they wouldn’t be tired of seeing the actor before his big blockbuster projects arrive.
  2. While the Witch Hunters cast includes fan-favorites like Arterton, Renner, Peter Stormare (Prison Break), Famke Janssen (X-Men) and stunt double/actress Zoe Bell (Kill Bill, Death Proof), neither any of those stars nor co-writer/director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) are really-bankable names right now. So, the film stands a better chance of finding an audience during the slow-moviegoing weeks of January.

There are also several similarities between Witch Hunters and this month’s Underworld Awakening, seeing how both are stylized supernatural R-Rated 3D action titles. The latter should do all right by itself at the box office in January; so, by that logic, there’s good reason to think the former could follow suit – which, again, would explain the move.

On the other hand: significant release date delays can often happen when studio heads know they have a dud on their hands. Best to hold off and see some actual footage from Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters before jumping to that sort of conclusion, but it’s certainly a concern – in part, because movies with an inherently pulpy design like this one can be very hit-or-miss…

Source: Paramount Pictures

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  1. I was just thinking about this today when I was going over what’s coming out in march..im so hurt by this.huge bummer

  2. I bet another studio sees this as a chance to put out their take on Hansel and Gretel and we’ll end up with another Snow White situation with multiple versions of the same story coming out at once…

    • I swear they made that cinderella story thing, with julia roberts, sso your prophecy is fulfilling…

  3. I was looking forward to this in the spring. Maybe they’ve pushed it because after this year Renner is going to be even more bankable?! Therefore more money?

  4. Its a bad move. People will be sick of fairy tale movies by this time next year.

    • I agree with B-list Pornstar Extra by 2013 people will be sick of them, kinda like how vampires were overused last year and the year before that.

  5. Man, I was looking forward to seeing this movie, this year. I’m still going to see it January of 2013 (if we are still around :-) ), but this is a bummer.

  6. So why DOES hollywood do these things? X-Men (2000) came out and was a success and then every studio started putting out comic movies left and right and everywhere in between. Harry Potter was a success and hollywood buys options for every supernatural childrens book out there and turns them into movies. One fairy tale movie is remade and then they are ALL being remade. Hollywood saturates a market and in the end I think it hurts the final product (on the majority of these films). Just be original and creative, hollywood. People (movie fans) keep saying it but very few are really listening.

    • The simple answer is that movies cost a lot of money to make and to get and investment back the studios try to make safe bets(hence many sequels and remakes) this also is to try and get on a money making bandwagon this is more often a hit then a miss proposition look at the success of comic book movies since Xmen much more black then red in the studios books.The success of Alice in Wonderland is the direct reason we are seeing this phenomenon happening with public domain characters that movie made a billion dollars world wide if one of these fairy tale movies makes a third of that and then spawn a franchise the studio will make alot of money.

      That being said audience do crave original fare and get tired of oversaturation and then stick to the few franchises that survive.Thats when the studios move onto the next cash cow.

  7. Well…wow…
    I don’t know what to think about the film now…
    Hopefully its not due to the quality of the project. They put films through test Audiances and other proceedures to judge the possible financial turn around for the film. That’s why some films are made and then go direct to video.
    Last year’s Red Riding Hood should have went direct to video. Loaded with talent,but the film (If you saw it) didn’t finish well. They built up the story and then fell flat…

    It’s films like that, that throws off future projects.

  8. …what a pity… missing then the 200th anniversary of Grimms’ first release of this fairy tale

  9. I saw this movie last year. It wasn’t finished but I saw a good deal of it and it was great. Now I’ve been waiting for the finished product I’ve been checking the internet to see how much long I would have to wait and your telling me I have to wait a year that just sucks.

  10. Suddenly, another obsession with witches as the bad guys, worthy of killing AGAIN. Alas what they don’t realize is that witches are not vampires, werewolves, mummies, zombies etc. At least not the witches I know. It will be interesting to see what the pagan/witch/Wiccan community has to say (or maybe even *do*) about a movie that advocates their execution.