Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Split into Two Films
There were rumors
of this happening a few months ago, but now it's official. The adaptation of the
seventh (and thus-far final) book in the Harry Potter series will be split into
two separate films with release dates six months apart. The LATimes reports that they will be called, intuitively, Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part 2. The release dates are set for November 2010 and May 2011,
The Times also reports that Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood
Prince director David Yates will finish up the series by directing both parts of
the final adaptation. Steve Kloves will write the screenplay, as he did for all
of the other films except Order of the Phoenix.
The rest of the Times'
article is mostly full of quotes from actors and executives who emphatically
deny that the reason for the split was primarily financial. "I swear to you it
was born out of purely creative reasons," producer David Heyman said. "Unlike
every other book, you cannot remove elements of this book. You can remove scenes
of Ron playing quidditch from the fifth book, and you can remove Hermione and
S.P.E.W. [Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare] and those subplots . . .
but with the seventh, that can't be done."
This may be true. The seventh book
is so chock full of conflicts and resolutions that it'd take one very long movie
to satisfactorily wrap it all up. But also, numbers don't lie. Two movies means
twice the money. What half-competent producer would turn that down?
So I came across the above article and thought I would share it. Am not so sure it is needed really, perhaps if they cut out all the time Harry and Hermione spend whining in the tent they could make it a short film.
Still looking forward to it, still going to shell out the bucks to see both movies