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How Safe the Last Three 'Harry Potter' Films From Axing

December 29, 2008 09:30:00 GMT

Disney's decision to bail on 'Narnia' has prompted questions for other fantasy movies including 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and its two follow-ups.


How Safe the Last Three 'Harry Potter' Films From Axing
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The economy crisis has started to show its impact on the movie industry with the axing of third "Narnia" installment by Disney. This consequently put a question mark on the continuation of the production for other epic fantasy movies, including "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".

The sixth installment of "Harry Potter" may also not escape the fate, an article on The Independent stated, even though it is dubbed the "the most profitable franchise in film history". Screenwriter Steve Kloves, as quoted by the article, even said that Warner Bros are worried about the prospect of the last three movies of the franchise, "Half-Blood Prince", "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II".

The lukewarm interest in producing these installments reportedly has something to do with the halt of books by author J.K. Rowling that contributes less interest in the "Harry Potter" story. Independent also points out that the wider film industry is going to do a lot of budget cutting in 2009.

Fact check, "Harry Potter" is one of the most successful franchise movies in the history of the industry. The previous chapters surpassed trilogy of "Lord of the Rings" and "Star Wars" in sales with $4.5 billion. "Half Blood Prince" is expected to be released on July 17 next year while the two parts of "Deathly Hallows" are scheduled for November 19, 2010 and May 1, 2011 respectively.

Last week, Disney executives announced that they have decided to pull the plug on their participation of future installments of "Narnia" series. A spokesperson told Variety, "We are no longer going forward with the movie due to budgetary considerations and other logistics."

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posted by iluvharrypotter on Jan 05, 2009
I think it is an extremely stupid idea to not make the last Harry Potter films considering how much money they will make off of them. The only thing that I didnt like about it was the delay of the 6th film, as much money as they have already made they shouldnt have delayed it to make more money off of it. J.K. Rowling not writing any more books is not going to affect them much the only thing they should really be worried about now is spacing the movies out so far that everyone loses interest. I will definetely be upset if they do not make the last three, they have come this far why not go ahead and try to push it through. As for not ever coming out with the 6th movie that would be really stupid since they have already set a release date and put up trailers. This franchise is so huge and they will make plenty of money on the Half Blood Prince to continue with the series. They delayed the opening of the 6th movie to make more money and despite the fact that some people are irratated that it didnt come out this November they are so intruiged by the books and the other movies that they will go see the Half Blood Prince.
posted by eek on Dec 30, 2008
well the movies finished and put back to make next years profits look better for WB. the next TWO movies are already in production. you should be ashamed of such crappy sensationalist headlines that have no basis in truth. Really learn to write
posted by Other Paul on Dec 30, 2008
For all of you saying that this would never happen, do any of you remeber a November 2008 release of HBP? Now why did WB push back the release date? I think it was MONEY. WB thinks they would make more MONEY with a Summer release ala Batman. To WB this is first and most importantly a BUSINESS. If WB decides it is more profitable to not release HBP and not do the last two movies they will. WB does not give a crap what the fans think or want.
posted by Babyboo on Dec 30, 2008
I blieve dt cm 2009,d U.S economy wil bounce bk 2 its 4mer state so wit diz certainty,i dn't c any reasn y d hollywood shld dwn dier film bugdet.
posted by 18lovebug on Dec 29, 2008
why is it so difficalt to keep things straight? i mean why are you saying one thing and then the next another. i just want to know whene on tv. just make things simple and not confusing the movies are going to be released and when they will b
posted by hprebel311 on Dec 29, 2008
Ok, first of all, there is no way Potter will get the axe. I've been a fan for 10 years now and if there's one thing that will never die, it is the Potter fandom. Second of all, :(( I love Narnia!! I got Caspian on dvd for Christmas and I was watching it today and I was so glad there was going to be another one. C'mon economy, get moving. :(
posted by Stella on Dec 29, 2008
Harry Potter won't be axed. Period. As you said, it is 'the most profitable franchise in film history'. Why do you think WB split the last book? To make more money off the films, because they will. The economic crisis and what not will not impact on Harry Potter's takings- because it's Harry Potter! People will go and see it. Particularly for the last one (Deathly Hallows Part 2), interest will be high because of the simple fact that it's the last film. Also, as stated above me by Paul, Half-Blood Prince has completed (or nearly completed) production, give or take a few tweaks and special effects.
posted by Paul on Dec 29, 2008
Who writes these articles? Has he or she graduated from the 5th grade? First, the phrase "How safe" is missing a verb of some kind. Second, the link to the supposed "The Independent" article is a 404. Third, this speculation is idiot for two reasons: A) Disney pulled out of Narnia because the last Narnia did crap at the Box Office while the last Harry Potter was very successful, and B) The 6th movie has already been made, in its entirety. It was supposed to be released this fall but was pushed to the summer because Warner Bros needed a gigantic (ie big revenue) movie for the summer, and they knew Harry Potter would be that movie.

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