UPDATE: Paramount has moved release dates for three of its movies. Paramount’s and MGM’s action comedy Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters in 3D, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, is getting the biggest bump — moving from March 2, 2012, to January 11, 2013. “This should really set up the international,” a studio exec explains to me. “Jeremy Renner’s international profile should be in great shape after being in Mission: Impossible 4 now, then The Avengers in May, then The Bourne Legacy in August. As this past weekend shows, January is great play time internationally, and we haven’t done too bad domestically in January, either.” The film, which also stars Famke Janssen and Peter Stromare, picks up the fairy tale 15 years after Hansel and Gretel’s evil encounter at the gingerbread house. They’ve become bounty hunters tracking and killing wicked witches. Tommy Wirkola directs and co-wrote the script with Dante Harper; Will Ferrell’s and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods are producing.
The studio also moved the wide release of Eddie Murphy’s comedic drama A Thousand Words to April 20, 2012, down from March 23. Paramount Vantage’s Jay and Mark Duplass-directed comedy Jeff Who Lives At Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms, will get a limited release on March 16, 2012, back from its original March 2 slot.
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