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Par moves ‘Hansel and Gretel’ to Jan. 2013

3D planned for pic starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton

Paramount is pushing back “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” from March 2 to Jan. 11, 2013, and will be releasing the film in 3D.

“Witch Hunters” — one of several upcoming pics taking twists on a classic story — toplines Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the fairytale siblings, set 15 years after the pair kill the witch who kidnapped them. The siblings have trained as bounty hunters in search of witches.

The film originally was skedded to launch wide alongside Universal’s “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” and Warner Bros.’ “Project X.” “Witch Hunters” currently has the new date to itself.

Par has had noteworthy success in January, with two of the month’s top three openers — “Cloverfield” in 2008 and this past weekend’s “The Devil Inside.”

The move also gives the studio more time to plan a 3D marketing strategy for “Witch Hunters,” as well as distance the film from Renner’s two other 2012 tentpoles, “The Avengers” and “The Bourne Legacy.”

In other scheduling news, Par’s Eddie Murphy comedy “A Thousand Words” bumps back a month to April 20, while Par Vantage’s “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” from the Duplass brothers helming team, is skedded for a March 16 limited release.

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