I’ve spoken to three people who’ve seen a trailer for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, the English language debut of Dead Snow’s Tommy Wirkola. One had a vested interest in it and said lightly positive things, one just shrugged it off and the third absolutely damned it. Still, it was only a trailer.
Only one indicator, and possibly a minor one, of a film’s quality.
And here comes another.
Paramount have pushed the film out of its Autumn “to be determined” release slot and all the way back to 2013. A quick glance at Twitter shows me that many people, including some I thought would know better, are still assuming Hansel & Gretel was still slotted in for this March, but it lost that page on the diary at New Year.
The studio are now planning to release the film in the US next January, the month typically considered something of a dumping ground.
The film stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the titular siblings, getting tooled up and going on a witch hunt. There’s been one image officially released, via EW, and that’s the one at the head of the post.