Hoodwinked! comings and goings.

The companies behind Hoodwinked! giveth, and the companies behind Hoodwinked! taketh away.

First, the bad news. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil was originally going to come out two weeks ago, similar to how the original film came out in mid-January four years ago, but late last year it was put on indefinite hold. This has put certain promotional partners — notably Burger King, which is already selling toys and running contests in the United States and Great Britain — in a bit of an odd spot. The British Burger King site says it is possible to watch the trailer for the new film here, but I have been unable to find it anywhere, and Cory Edwards, who directed the original film and co-wrote the sequel, wrote in a recent blog post that he has “no idea” when the new film will come out.

Presumably, one reason for the film’s delay is that its distributor, the Weinstein Company, has been hard up for cash in recent months, not least because their Oscar-bait musical Nine flopped in a big way when it came out several weeks ago. The original Hoodwinked! was one of their biggest hits, so you’d think they might be eager to get the sequel out there soon, but they may not be able to afford the prints and advertising right now.

Not all recent Hoodwinked! news has been bad, though. Edwards also recently announced that the soundtrack to the original film, which has long been out of print, is now available for download via iTunes. So if you’ve been looking for a more “legit” copy of the soundtrack than the bootleg version that composer-producers Fleming & John made available at their MySpace page some time ago, well, there ya go.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).