Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has been kicking around for a while now. With the summer movie season officially over, we get our first look at the re-imagined take starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in the title roles.
The first minute of the trailer sets up our new versions of Hansel and Gretel with a little bit of their backstory and how they came to be a gritty duo with a strong distaste for witches. The rest of the trailer goes all out in the action and CG department. Perhaps Jeremy Renner states it perfectly with the line, "Shoot anything that moves."
The plot is pretty much in the familiar, paper-thin vein of an action movie – five children have been kidnapped over the past two weeks. Hansel and Gretel must find out who is doing the abducting and eliminate the threat with as much firepower and explosions as possible.
Hansel and Gretel doesn't arrive in theaters until January 10, 2013 and has been the subject of a couple release date shuffles and a recent debate over which MPAA approved cut would be released, PG-13 or R. The R-rated version won out.
What do you think of this re-imagined take on the classic tale? Does this looks like the typical sub-par January fare we've come to expect over the past few years or does Hansel and Gretel have the potential to be a stand-out among the murky waters of early-year releases?