‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Set For March 2012 Release

Thursday, February 17 by

The pedigree for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is there. Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gema Arteton as Gretel. Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay, and Kevin. J. Messick producing. Paramount’s putting the film out w/Spyglass Entertainment. And now it’s got a release date next March! How’s the premise, you ask? Well:

“15 years after their narrow fairy tale escape from the gingerbread house, become specialized bounty-hunters looking to take down the witches that almost killed them.”

Well, that sounds like… something. It seems like it’s a decent pitch that will be made or broken by the execution. If it’s a gritty, dark affair with glints of humor, it could probably work nicely, as Renner is pretty compelling when he’s blowing things up (The Hurt Locker). If it’s a silly, goofy retelling with fart jokes and CGI monsters, it’s probably going to be less thrilling. The $60 million film will be shot in 3D, and it opens March 2, 2012. (Deadline)