PG-13 + R versions of Hansel and Gretel exist (which will we see?)

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Dec 17, 2012

An adult take on the old fairy tale Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, has been in the works for a while. It was supposed to come out earlier this year but was booted to January 2013 a few months ago. Now we know why: The studio apparently has two versions of the film, and no clue which one to release.

Collider is reporting that Paramount has been testing both R-rated and PG-13 cuts of the flick, and they still don't know what the heck to do with the thing.

According to a thread on IMDB with folks who claim to have seen the different versions, the R-rated version is carrying the majority of positive buzz, while the toned-down cut apparently doesn't have enough teeth to be interesting.

So release the R-rated version, right? Well, films like these typically play well with teenagers, and Paramount is likely worried that even a better, R-rated version could perform worse than a weaker, PG-13 version at the box office. Sad, yes, but it's the nature of the beast.

One alleged test screener had this to say about the quirky, violent R-rated cut:

"I really enjoyed this one. It was different, violent, pretty funny- Sort of like Drive Angry 3D or Scott Pilgrim humor, and I thought everyone did well. It kind of felt like they nailed the ancient humor the way 'Your Highness' was supposed too but didn't."
Hmm, definitely sounds like that version would be a lot more interesting to see. Plus, now that Renner is becoming a bona fide movie star, even an R-rated version could do all right, so long as his name is at the top of it.

What do you think? Are you hoping for the bloodier version?

(Via Collider)