You may remember last month Paramount released the first image of Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters, which stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the fairy tale siblings who have evolved into vengeful bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches following a traumatic incident involving a gingerbread house.
There was promise of a trailer soon after but more than a month on we still haven’t got one, and now we know why. Paramount has pushed the release date back from March 2012 to January 2013.
The reason for the delay is apparently due to Jeremy Renner. This time next year he will have been seen in The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy, and the (potential) success of both may spur audiences to see Renner hunting witches. While Renner can currently be seen in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol which is doing great business, that’s a Tom Cruise movie, so waiting until Renner has appeared in two more big action films may be a wise move.
Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) is directing, and Anchorman director Adam McKay is producing. As well as Renner and Arterton the movie also stars Famke Janssen (Jean Grey from X-Men) as the leader of the witches.