No 'Half-Blood Prince' Until Summer 2009

No 'Half-Blood Prince' Until Summer 2009

Originally planning to release 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' on Thanksgiving 2008, Warner Bros. changed their mind and moved it to new schedule in summer 2009.

Apparently Harry Potter fans won't be able to enjoy their favorite boy wizard in the big screen sometime this year. In an announcement made by Warner Bros Pictures on Thursday, August 14, it is uncovered that "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" has been bumped to a new schedule putting it as a summer 2009 movie.

Slated to be released on Thanksgiving on November 21, the sixth installment of the J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" adaptation series will be opened nationwide as well as internationally on July 17, 2009. Reasoning on the delay, Warner Bros. president and chief operating officer Alan Horn explained that the move was taken in consideration on two main things, the first is the market timing and the second is previous writers' strike.

"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," Horn exposed.

"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."

At the same time, the studio also dished out any possible speculations that this schedule change may affect the next "Harry Potter" movies which has been set to begin production in February 2009 or that there is problem laying under "Half-Blood Prince". Jeff Robinov, President of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, said, "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.'"

"Half-Blood Prince" will deal with a darker matter than previous "Harry Potter" films since in it, dark wizard Lord Voldermort has expanded his terror, even to the safest haven of all, Hogwarts. Though he is suspecting that the danger now is lurking from within the stone wall and Dumbledore is preparing him for the worst that will ultimately strike them, Harry and his friends try to unfold the mystery behind the nickname 'Half-Blood Prince'.

Coming from the "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" helmer David Yates, the movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton and many else. The script for David Heyman and David Barron-produced flick was provided by Steven Kloves.




    Nov 06, 2008

    what the bloody hell are they talking about..? pushing the date for market timing? well evreyday is the perfect date for its release..people are craving 4 it..

    movie freak
    Sep 07, 2008

    well, i think wb said it all. they decided they could make more money by putting the release off until next summer when the grosses will be better for them. pure marketing. while i hate them for acting like a corporation... oh right, they are a typical corporation looking to increase their bottom line. well, the problem is that i know i'll go see it anyway, and so will everyone else. so the studio will still make their money, at the cost of the fans who become disenfrachised (sp?) with the HP Franchise. hey, the studio still wins. it's just us fans of great writing who lose. what do we do next? i'm guessing nothing.

    Sep 04, 2008

    It is frustrating to see that Warner Brothers would disappoint their fans in order to make a few extra bucks. Makes me more determined to wait until it's released on video or not watch it at all, which is sad because the movies are all I have left to enjoy of Harry Potter

    Sep 01, 2008

    I was exited about seeing the movie. But after reading the 8 month delay, I think I will pass. I will be spending my money somewhere else, thank you very much.

    Aug 26, 2008

    I absolutely adore the Harry Potter universe. I have read all the books several times and own the DVD's and have watched them many times. In response to this delay in the release of movie 6; I can't believe so many people are so completely OUTRAGED by the delay. Yes, I was disappointed; however, I am certain it will be worth the wait and I am looking forward to seeing a wonderful movie. It's only eight months for crying out loud.

    mad over paotter
    Aug 25, 2008

    I just found out that the date has been pushed a whole eight months, I am out-raged about this. This really sucks. I will be sending Howlers on a weekly basis and will be boycotting WB until they released HP. I will also petition. My kids and I are die hard HP fans and have been since the beginning. It's not fair to get our hopes up and lead us on this way!!!!

    Aug 15, 2008


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