'Deathly Hallows: Part II' in Danger of Not Being Screened


Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes


U.S. theater owners threaten to not screen the David Yates-directed movie as their response to Video-on-Demand plans.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" is in danger of not being released in the big screen. NATO (National Association of Theater Owners) is threatening to boycott screening this summer's blockbuster movie, alongside some other films, in response to the announced Video-On-Demand plans.

Four major film studios, Universal, Sony, Warner Bros and Fox, have announced the plans which permit new releases to hit living rooms within weeks after coming out in theaters. Learning that the plan will apparently decrease their revenue, NATO, which represents U.S. cinema owners including Regal Entertainment and AMC, is fuming.

"Let's say you're Regal Cinemas and it's a busy weekend with a couple of big pictures opening," NATO Chief Executive John Fithian stated to Financial Times. "If it's 50-50 between this picture and that picture and you have a partner that respects your [business] model and another one that doesn't, you're going to give the screen to the partner that respects your model."

The VOD plans were announced after the film studios claimed that the four-month wait between a film's release into theaters and its release to Blu-Ray version is too long. The period is seen declining the DVD sales, although it helps defeat film piracy.

However, The Guardian reported that not all studios agree with the VOD plans. Paramount Pictures has reportedly expressed opposition to the plan, despite the fact that the studio concerned over internet piracy.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" is directed by David Yates, with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Ralph Fiennes reprising their roles. Kelly Macdonald is recently added to the cast ensemble to portray Helena Ravenclaw. The movie is slated to come out in U.S. theaters on July 15.

© AceShowbiz.com


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  •  
    Db2011
    Apr 23, 2011

    This has to be one of the most poorly written articles I've read in a long time. Please get some help.

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    blondy0769
    Apr 16, 2011

    WTHeck!!!!!!!!! If Regal does not show HP 7 part2 I will NEVER go to another movie there!!!!!!!!!

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    Nunya Biz
    Apr 14, 2011

    This article is a prime example of ZERO research before regurgitating whatever inane drivel passes across a desk. FACT, the National Association of Theater Owners does not (and has not) directed any theater to boycott anything. This is an erroneous article without a shred of factual evidence to back it up. If HP or any other movie suffers a theatrical boycott, it's entirely at the behest of the theater owners themselves. They have the issues with the VOD plan.

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