The story of Hansel and Gretel didn’t end back at the gingerbread house, and we’ll learn about what happened later in late January, unless the film “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is delayed yet again. On Monday, Paramount Pictures revealed a red band trailer for the movie.
The movie was originally scheduled to be released on March 2, 2012 before being pushed back 10 months to Jan. 11, 2013. However, earlier this month it was announced that the film would be delayed yet again, to Jan. 25, 2013.
The story is based some 15 years after the events in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Here’s how the plot is described by Wikipedia:
Catching up with Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma 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 (Famke 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 (Peter Stormare) who has taken power in Augsburg and conducts a very indiscriminate witch-hunt of his own.
A red band trailer, for those unaware, is a trailer that is approved only for “restricted” or “mature” audiences. These sorts of trailers can only be shown before R-rated, NC-17-rated, or unrated movies. They may include nudity, profanity or other material deemed inappropriate for children.
The “red band” referred to by the term indicates that an all-red graphic will be played before the trailer begins. As you might expect, a green band trailer is approved for all audiences, and has a green band displayed before the trailer begins.
These are the sorts of “banded trailers” that you will normally see in front of most movies.
“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is considered an action comedy horror film. The film is produced by Will Ferrell (yes, that Will Ferrell), Chris Henchy, Adam McKay, and Kevin J. Messick, and directed by Tommy Wirkola, who co-scripted the movie with D. W. Harper.
We saw a trailer in early September. The red band trailer is embedded.