By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Those of you who keep up with my (heinous) updates know that I'm the biggest opponent against what I like to call double-dipping. You know - films that get released in eight different editions, re-releases to theaters, director's cuts, that sort of thing.
In what could be taken as double-dipping by Warner Bros., the latest rumor claims the studio is planning on breaking the final Harry Potter installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, into two installments.
Now, here comes my complaint: Great idea!
Two-Parter: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
This should have started with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! With the Potter books growing more complex and, even a better reason, longer, it has become an impossible challenge to include even half of the content into the respective film. Those who read the books can use Phoenix as a strong example -- I still thought it was great, even without all the meat -- as it looks like the final installment will have to continue throwing meaningful information out. But here's the problem: How are we supposed to feel emotion er, cry in Deathly Hallows if only half the information is there?
Warner Bros. is on to this and, according to The Mail, has told the crew working on Half-Blood Prince that Deathly Hallows will in fact be broken into two parts.
Sounds kind of absurd, I know, but let me tell you why a two-parter would work. This is one of those rare moments where Warner Bros. is faced with a win-win both financially and artistically. Breaking the final Potter installment into two not only means that the studio will get their final cashing in on the franchise, but fans will be given the necessary running time to fully appreciate this terrific conclusion to Potter.
Warner Bros. makes a grip more money and fans should be excited about it. You can't beat that!
Wait a sec, there's also another reason for doing so! Deathly Hallows would be incredibly easy to split into two installments.
If you take a look around the web, you will see that there are those already predicting that the film will be cut right at the point when Potter begins following that mysterious Patronus. The scene takes place in the middle of the book and serves as a great stepping, or should I say Philosopher's, stone into the multiple adventures and final battle to take place in the latter half.
TheMail also claims that Warner Bros. is looking for a big-name director to helm the final installment. Guillermo del Toro? Alfonso Cuaron? No? Steven Spielberg?!
Personally, I would be perfectly happy with del Toro or Cuaron. Hell, I even think David Yates is more than up for the task.