Posted by Mark Bridge On September - 4 - 2012 0 Comment

Jeremy Renner is on a role with popular franchises.  He was in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Avengers and The  Bourne Legacy.  Come this January, he will add a fourth to the list with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.  Initially slated for a March 2, 2012 release, Paramount Pictures pushed it to January 11, 2013.  It’s probably for the better since Renner’s star power has increased significantly.

Another issue the film faced was whether to release with a commercially favorable PG-13 or a R-Rated version of the film.  The R-Rated version tested better with audiences so the studio decided to thankfully go with that version.  The film looks rather entertaining from the trailers, and I so want it to be good.  I think the premise is sound and if executed properly, we could be looking at an exciting franchise.

The film also stars Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen and Peter StormareHansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters opens in 3D on January 11, 2013.

Here is the official synopsis:

Catching up with Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) 15 years after the traumatic incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have evolved into vengeful bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches. Over the years, the siblings became expert hunters, famous for their proficiency at tracking and taking down their prey. Although still recovering from their ordeal, their work is relatively easy as for an unknown reason harmful spells and curses do not work well against them.

The Mayor of Augsburg recruits them to rid the town and nearby forests of an evil sorceress (Janssen) who is planning to sacrifice many local children at the witches’ gathering during the upcoming ‘Blood Moon’ night in two days time. To make things worse, the duo also has to deal with the brutal Sheriff Berringer (Stormare) who has taken power in Augsburg and conducts a very indiscriminate witch-hunt of his own.

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