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Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton's Hansel and Gretel will hunt witches much later

Jan. 9, 2012by: Dave Davis

If you were looking forward to seeing Jeremy Renner fight some wicked fairy tale spellcasters, you'll have to wait quite a while longer. Paramount has bounced HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS from its originally planned release date of March 2nd all the way to January 11, 2013.

The shift is ostensibly to take advantage of the expected increase in Renner's "international profile" after he punctures evil with arrows as Hawkeye in this summer's THE AVENGERS and then tries to demonstrate that a BOURNE movie can be a BOURNE movie without Matt Damon and the Jason Bourne character in THE BOURNE LEGACY. His appearance in the global smash MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL must have the gears already turning.

A release date shuffle isn't much of a shock, considering the movie was supposed to come out in two months and we haven't even seen a teaser trailer (one was expected in December but never surfaced), but a ten-month push is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser. Once considered a dumping ground, January has become increasingly popular for genre material -- Paramount themselves just had a surprise hit this past weekend with THE DEVIL INSIDE, which tons of people went to see and apparently almost everyone hated. Surely they're hoping the HANSEL AND GRETEL CinemaScore will be a grade or two higher...

The 3D action-comedy comes from director Tommy Wirkola (of the Norwegian zomcom DEAD SNOW) and is produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The story takes place 15 years after the siblings' traumatic gingerbread-house incident, and finds them as bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.

Source: Deadline

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6:25PM on 01/11/2012
Renner must have been high on success to take this role.
Renner must have been high on success to take this role.
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1:24AM on 01/11/2012
That Hansel, He's sso Hot! Whoops! wrong movie
That Hansel, He's sso Hot! Whoops! wrong movie
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12:40PM on 01/10/2012

You guys remember this cat from National Lampoons Senior Trip....

That movie is a guilty pleasure, and probaly the last "good" lampoon movie. Glad he's getting good roles, I mean, he was Dags man... and he'll always be Dags to me.
That movie is a guilty pleasure, and probaly the last "good" lampoon movie. Glad he's getting good roles, I mean, he was Dags man... and he'll always be Dags to me.
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10:54AM on 01/10/2012

Hahaha!

This would look awesome if done right.
This would look awesome if done right.
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10:21AM on 01/10/2012
I liked Renner before all of this. He had that little role in 28 Weeks Later, and he was fantastic. Swat was another, and the list goes on.
I liked Renner before all of this. He had that little role in 28 Weeks Later, and he was fantastic. Swat was another, and the list goes on.
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7:08AM on 01/10/2012

No Damon, No Bourne

Again. But I may watch this.
Again. But I may watch this.
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6:32AM on 01/10/2012
A shit film opens with almost 34 million weekend why wouldn't you open a film in January now
A shit film opens with almost 34 million weekend why wouldn't you open a film in January now
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1:53AM on 01/10/2012
He was hilarious in IDOL HANDS :D
He was hilarious in IDOL HANDS :D
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12:06AM on 01/10/2012
While January maybe the home for genre pictures, it still doesn't change the fact that they're usually pretty shitty genre pictures. January is still a dumping ground regardless if some get success now and again.
While January maybe the home for genre pictures, it still doesn't change the fact that they're usually pretty shitty genre pictures. January is still a dumping ground regardless if some get success now and again.
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11:41PM on 01/09/2012
I think the movie looks fantastic. I will watch Renner in everything and anything.
I think the movie looks fantastic. I will watch Renner in everything and anything.
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11:13PM on 01/09/2012

OR JUST MAYBE...

they moved the film because it sucks ass. January is infamous for shitty movies.
they moved the film because it sucks ass. January is infamous for shitty movies.
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11:05PM on 01/09/2012
I don't know if this change will help them. The Hobbit will still be in theaters in Jan 2013, and will get most the fantasy film audience. I also didn't know this was an action-comedy. I like Renner as a dramatic actor, not sure how funny he is though.
I don't know if this change will help them. The Hobbit will still be in theaters in Jan 2013, and will get most the fantasy film audience. I also didn't know this was an action-comedy. I like Renner as a dramatic actor, not sure how funny he is though.
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11:40PM on 01/09/2012
Watch Renner in the show The Unusuals. He was the main character on the show about cops, but unfortunetly it got cancelled after like 5 or 6 episodes. It was on before Renner was a huge star and showed Renner's dramatic and comedic shades.
Watch Renner in the show The Unusuals. He was the main character on the show about cops, but unfortunetly it got cancelled after like 5 or 6 episodes. It was on before Renner was a huge star and showed Renner's dramatic and comedic shades.
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