Harry Potter: Studio abandons 3D plans for latest movie

2010-10-12 00:00

HARRY Potter fans who had hoped to see their wizarding hero in 3D in November will have to make do with a 2D version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This after Warner Bros Pictures abandoned plans to convert the movie to 3D.

In a statement the company said: “Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey, and to that end we are releasing our film day-and-date on November 19 [November 24 in SA], as planned. We … believe this is the best course to take in order to ensure that our audiences enjoy the consummate Harry Potter experience.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ first part covers about half of the final book in Rowling’s series. The second part will hit the big screen in July next year and is expected to be released in both 2D and 3D formats.

The six previously released Harry Potter movies have raked in an estimated $5,4 billion (over R37 billion) at the worldwide box office.

The news received mixed reactions from fans, but most said they would go to see Deathly Hallows anyway.

“3D isn’t that big of a deal anyway. All I care about is Harry Potter. The awesomeness of the movie trumps all obstacles,” wrote Joshua.A on the fansite mugglenet.com.

Another fan, Jimmy, said: “It wasn’t filmed in 3D, it obviously doesn’t need 3D. I’m glad this happened. 3D is overused. It can be used for good, but converting every movie to 3D to make some extra dollars is ridiculous. They made the right choice.”

Paul Dergarabedian of box office trackers Hollywood.com said the shortfall from higher 3D ticket prices could be offset by fans going more than once.

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