Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince moved back to July
So, it looks like that teaser for the upcoming sixth installment of the “Harry Potter” movie that was attached to “The Dark Knight” came a little earlier than anyone thought. According to a report over at Variety, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” originally slated for a Nov. 21, 2008 release, has been pushed back all the way to July 17, 2009. This will obviously piss off a lot of Harry Potter fans, young and old, because they’ll have to wait another nine months for their latest HP fix, but here’s the part that will really make people mad — the move has nothing to do with the film’s production, filming, editing or anything like that.
It’s squarely to do with economics.
The move comes as Warner Bros. is looking for ways to beef up its summer schedule, which had been light on major tentpoles – a result attributed mostly to the writers strike, which kept the studio from developing big-budget pics.
A studio exec. had this to say:
“Like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films – changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of,” said Alan Horn, prexy and chief operating officer of Warner Bros.
So, because Warner Bros. has to scramble to put together a solid summer 2009 schedule (even though there’s no way they can top their summer ’08 schedule, which was dominated by “The Dark Knight”), we, the ticket-paying general public who was promised a new “Harry Potter” flick in November, has to sit and twiddle our collective thumb for nine freakin’ months until this thing is finally released. You gotta be joking me.
But here’s the thing — no matter how excited you might be to see the newest H.P., there’s no way you’re as pissed off about the move as the editors over at Entertainment Weekly. Trust me, they’re livid right about now:
The last-minute move comes as Daniel Radcliffe appears this week on the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s fall movie preview.
…Ouch. That’s, like, the worst timing ever. And it’s not like Entertainment Weekly just threw a 50-word blurb about the newest “Harry Potter” into the fall movie preview — they put all their eggs in the HP basic, placing Danny Radcliffe on the cover. That really sucks.
Alas, there is some good news about the franchise. According to the Variety article, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which will be broken up into two movies, will keep its two original release dates, even after the sixth picture is pushed back. Those films will be released Fall 2010 and Summer 2011, respectively.