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23rd August 2008 2:47  #1

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince delayed!
I've just heard the news that "HPHBP" has been moved from it's release for Nov/Dec 2008 to July 17th, 2009! Damn you Warner Bros.!! That will mean the new James Bond - Quantum of Solace will have plenty more money to make.

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Half-Blood Prince delayed until July 17th, 2009
Warner Brothers has just announced that Half-Blood Prince will be delayed. The film will instead be released on July 17th, 2009. From the press release:

In making the announcement, Mr. Horn stated, “Our reasons for shifting ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to summer are twofold: we know the summer season is an ideal window for a family tent pole release, as proven by the success of our last Harry Potter film, which is the second-highest grossing film in the franchise, behind only the first installment. Additionally, 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. We agreed the best strategy was to move ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer.”

Read the full release at the link below.
Press Release:
BURBANK, CA, August 14, 2008 – Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that it has moved back the release date of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to Summer 2009. The sixth installment of the blockbuster Harry Potter franchise will now open day-and-date domestically and in the major international markets on July 17, 2009. The announcement was made by Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros.

In making the announcement, Mr. Horn stated, “Our reasons for shifting ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to summer are twofold: we know the summer season is an ideal window for a family tent pole release, as proven by the success of our last Harry Potter film, which is the second-highest grossing film in the franchise, behind only the first installment. Additionally, 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. We agreed the best strategy was to move ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer.”

Jeff Robinov, President of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, confirmed, “The release date change does not alter the production schedule for this or future Harry Potter films. Post-production on ‘Half-Blood Prince’ was completed on time, and the studio’s release plans for the two-part ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ will not be affected by this change. We know Harry Potter fans are eagerly anticipating seeing the final chapters unfold onscreen. In fact, the good news for them is that the gap will now be shortened between ‘Half-Blood Prince’ and the first part of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.’”

Commenting on the release date change for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” David Heyman, the producer of all the Harry Potter films, offered, “When Jeff Robinov explained the rationale behind moving the release date of ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ to July 2009, it was immediately apparent that this offered us the potential to reach the widest possible audience. I am extremely proud of this latest film and of the work of David Yates and our incomparable cast; I believe we have developed and pushed the series further still. We are all looking forward to sharing it with Harry Potter fans around the world, even if we have to wait just a bit longer.”

David Yates, the director of both “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and who will also helm “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” added, “It has been a joy to work on ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.’ Dan, Rupert and Emma and all our returning young cast continue to blossom, and our new cast members bring fresh color and life to Hogwarts. Even as we put the finishing touches on this latest film, we are already beginning preparations on the final two films—we start filming in February—and I am excited to bring this remarkable series to the exciting and moving conclusion its loyal fans deserve.”



In “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films production, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” David Yates, who directed last year’s summer blockbuster “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” returns to direct “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” David Heyman and David Barron are the producers, with Lionel Wigram serving as executive producer. Steve Kloves wrote the screenplay, based on the book by J.K. Rowling.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are reprising their roles as young wizards Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The film also stars Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis and Julie Walters. The cast also features David Bradley, Jessie Cave, Frank Dillane, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Helen McCrory, Natalia Tena, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and Bonnie Wright.

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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23rd August 2008 5:37  #2

Sam Spade Member Join Date: January 2007 Location: United States Posts: 2,032 Send a message via MSN to Sam Spade
Can't wait for them both!Bummer I have to wait longer for Potter and a week later for Bond. Both look fantastic!

23rd August 2008 5:42  #3

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Old-ish news.

But still, yeah... It's a decision that's not making WB any friends.

They're just afraid that Watchmen will flop and want a good backup.

I understand their reasons from a financial point of view, but I must say that I am ticked off as well. Waiting for a movie that's already finished and all that for another 8 months (it was to come out in November, yes?) when you've been anticipating it for so long already sucks, no matter what it is (unless it's a Uwe Boll movie...)

23rd August 2008 16:01  #4

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Cheddar J. Cheese wrote: Old-ish news.

But still, yeah... It's a decision that's not making WB any friends.

They're just afraid that Watchmen will flop and want a good backup.

I understand their reasons from a financial point of view, but I must say that I am ticked off as well. Waiting for a movie that's already finished and all that for another 8 months (it was to come out in November, yes?) when you've been anticipating it for so long already sucks, no matter what it is (unless it's a Uwe Boll movie...)


Oldish news??Do you read Variety every week or something? This was only announced last week!

23rd August 2008 16:11  #5

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Actually, it IS kinda old news by now Mark. To be fair though, even most of Warner Brothers didn't know this was going to be delayed. There were pressers scheduled in London in October.

23rd August 2008 17:07  #6

Franchise Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United States Posts: 294 Send a message via AIM to Franchise Send a message via MSN to Franchise Send a message via Yahoo to Franchise
Hell, I'm slow and even I knew it was being delayed.  Just imagine Entertainment Weekly and the egg they've got on their face for Harry being on the cover of the fall film lineup.  They're even in the WB umbrella.

23rd August 2008 20:31  #7

Jersey Jedi Member Join Date: August 2004 Location: United States Posts: 714
Mark Lim wrote: Cheddar J. Cheese wrote: Old-ish news.

But still, yeah... It's a decision that's not making WB any friends.

They're just afraid that Watchmen will flop and want a good backup.

I understand their reasons from a financial point of view, but I must say that I am ticked off as well. Waiting for a movie that's already finished and all that for another 8 months (it was to come out in November, yes?) when you've been anticipating it for so long already sucks, no matter what it is (unless it's a Uwe Boll movie...)


Oldish news??Do you read Variety every week or something? This was only announced last week!


It's the internet sir. 1 day = a month, don't cha know.

24th August 2008 1:17  #8

SlimPickins Member Join Date: March 2008 Location: United States Posts: 54
I've never read the books.  I enjoyed the first movie.  After that, one by one, the movies started deteriorating in quality, in my opinion.  Instead of excitement and anticipation building up, I felt like every time a new Harry Potter movie comes out I get let down a little more.

The last one just seemed like a big garbled mess.  I couldn't get into it.

Plus Harry Potter seems like he's aging too fast.  I think this would have worked better as just the first movie, and then a TV series after that.

24th August 2008 1:28  #9

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Ahhh...the quest is always there for more money....

25th August 2008 18:42  #10

m@tt Member Join Date: October 2007 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 551
SlimPickins wrote: I've never read the books.  I enjoyed the first movie.  After that, one by one, the movies started deteriorating in quality, in my opinion.  Instead of excitement and anticipation building up, I felt like every time a new Harry Potter movie comes out I get let down a little more.

The last one just seemed like a big garbled mess.  I couldn't get into it.

Plus Harry Potter seems like he's aging too fast.  I think this would have worked better as just the first movie, and then a TV series after that.


It's always better to read the books that any film is adapted from.

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