David Heyman Discusses the Half-Blood Prince Delay
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Still upset that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince got pushed back to the 2009 summer season? While I feel your pain, at least we know Warner Bros. had some creative reason to postpone the film's release, right? Well, not really, as David Heyman claims that the film is canned and ready to go.
Heyman on Half-Blood Prince Delay
Considering that The Dark Knight absolutely killed it this summer for Warner Bros., the studio began to look forward to summer 2009 when it realized that they had nothing showing. For a studio like Warner Bros., having only a tentpole or two in a single summer is absolutely absurd, and Half-Blood Prince was the easy solution to sort of fill that void.
David Heyman caught up with ComingSoon to give his thoughts on the push of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to summer. Since he absolutely adores Warner Bros and respects their hands off approach to creating tentpoles, to him the studio can do no wrong. Considering that the studio is one of the last who can create a successful franchise, I tend to agree.
"I would love the film to come out in November; we would have been ready, but the fact is partly because of the writers strike and for whatever reason, Warners didn't have any movies next summer. They had Batman this year which was bigger than they ever thought it would be, so they came to me, and they said, 'David, we want to move it.' Warners has been really good to us. They've given us lots of money and lots of independence. It defies belief how much independence we have on these films. They give us the money, they read a draft of the script. I choose the director, we make the film, they come and visit. We show them a cut of the film, they say they like it, they give us some notes, we make the changes that we want to make. We test screen it once and show it to them, and then the movie is released. They've been so supportive that one has to support... they needed it. It's a film business."
While the early screening reports claim that the film could use another look over before a final release, Heyman confirms that the film is so close to done it would be ready for release October.
"The film's done," he confirmed. "We're just mixing and there's a slight tweak we're going to do but actually, if the film was coming out tomorrow, we'd have done it but we have the time. One of the issues that's come up is security so we are not putting a married print together. We're keeping all the elements separate until we start to make the prints, which will be six weeks before the movie comes out. Piracy is such a huge issue."
As pointed out by Warner Bros., the one perk that will come from the push of HBP's release will be the fact that the sequels will be released closer to one another. Woohoo!
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens to theaters July 17th, 2009.
For the trailers, movie stills, and more info on the film, go to the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie Page.
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