'Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters' Pushed Back a Year, But Not Because It's Terrible, Insists Studio Guy

January 10, 2012


Well, I hope you weren't too excited about seeing Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton put on their Van Helsing hand-me-downs and murder some Wiccans, because you're going to have to wait another year for that to happen. Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters, the action film that just last month lost its apparently-redundant colon, has now lost its release date as well. Originally scheduled to hit theaters in March, the film has been pushed back all the way to January 2013.

Though ten-month delays are usually a bad sign, and January is Hollywood's supermarket for abandoning its unloved children who will make nothing of themselves, an "insider" has told The Hollywood Reporter that the move should not be seen as an indicator of Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters being as laughable a B-movie as its name implies. Rather, explained this bizarrely-sweaty source, the film has been dumped into next year for three perfectly valid reasons that have nothing to do with the movie being terrible, okay?:

The move comes on the heels of the successful opening of Paramount's micro-budgeted horror pic The Devil Inside and Christmas tentpole Mission: Impossible--Ghost Protocol, which has already earned $458.1 million worldwide. The two films almost guarantee that the studio will have a good fiscal quarter (and Devil Inside--scoring the best opening ever for early January--proves the corridor can be lucrative).

There are two other reasons for the move, according to an insider. The 3D materials for Hansel and Gretel are only now coming in, and Paramount wants time to market the 3D aspect, particularly overseas.

Third, Renner -- who stars opposite Tom Cruise in Ghost Protocol -- has two other 2012 films, The Avengers, which comes out in early May, and The Bourne Legacy, which hits theaters in early August. The insider said pushing back Hansel and Gretel also allows the movie to benefit from the exposure Renner earns from those two films.

No, but it's probably pretty bad, too.

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