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David Heyman on "Half-Blood Prince" Delay

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Posted by: Edward
October 30, 2008, 12:15 PM

Harry Potter film producer David Heyman is the subject of a new interview on in which he speaks more about the decision to delay the "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" film.  While doing press for his latest film, "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," Mr. Heyman spoke in the interview to the reasons for the decision, his own feelings as a creative person, the process in which the films are completed, and his sympathies to the many fans upset by the news.  Mr. Heyman is quoted as saying in regards to the decision:
"I think that there was some people... kids were definitely upset, and I'm really sympathetic to that. 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."
Mr. Heyman goes on to speak further of this decision in relation to the creative process of creating a series films.  He says:
"It's a shame and it's frustrating in a sense as any creative person, it's nice to put what you've done behind you before you move onto the next and this is still lingering over us until July next year, but also, we'll have to take a week off shooting to do publicity, which is a little bit disruptive. It's not ideal but at the same time, I fully support it, because as I say, they give us the freedom to make these films, and they pay a lot of money."
In the last part of the interview, Mr. Heyman confirms that the film is "done," and filming for the final installments of the seires, Parts One and Two of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will not be affected by the "Half-Blood Prince" move.  Filming for "Deathly Hallows," he says in the article, will still begin in February.  Mr. Heyman offers some details on the unique process of finalizing a film in an environment where piracy is a major issue by relating that "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."

"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" is based on the novel by John Boyne, stars actor David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) as a commandant of a Nazi concentration camp, and will be released in select theaters on November 7th. 

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" will be in theaters on July 17, 2009.

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I was upset when hbp was put on hold but I’ve moved on, still there is Tales of Beedle the Bard and Harry a History to look forward to and I’ll wait until July 17.

Posted by Daylen on November 06, 2008, 12:15 PM report to moderator
Dreggor Gade

You are all reading waaaay too much into this. We’re all disappointed, but you have to be realistic.

We have a collapsing economy! Everyone, even the movie industry, is affected by this serious problem. The movie industry is a business like any other, and Warner Brothers is doing Potter fans a favor by releasing it in the summer instead of this fall. If they don’t make enough money this upcoming year, then it WILL affect the production values of the last two films.

You have to imagine it like a small business. If they have a bad year or longer in earnings (caused overall by the writers’ strike, which severely cut into the releases for 2009-2010), then everyone at every level of the business loses out and grows discontent. If WB unwisely released the movie now instead of next summer, they would take a pretty big hit financially during a time when it’s just plain stupid to think that people are going to spend a lot of money on just a handful of films (compared to a normal year, again the lack caused by the strike) during an economic recession/potential depression.

I hope that so far makes sense to you people who say that “your intelligence is being insulted.”

Back to the small business example: So let’s say they released it now and set themselves up for production in third quarter of 2009 for the final two films. They would have LESS MONEY for production. With less money, they would have to scrimp on effects, cut down on the cast and crew, and cut the salaries of the cast and crew, just like in any other business. And what happens then? You end up with an unhappy cast and crew working on grueling schedule of shooting back-to-back movies with less money for production value.

End result? The last two movies would suffer from it. The fans would be unhappy.

So, again, to all you people who say that your intelligence is being insulted because you’re being treated like naive children: guess what! Maybe you’re being treated like naive children because you’re kind of complaining like naive children. You get what you deserve. And in the end, don’t you more than anything just want these last three movies to be as good as possible?

Aren’t you expecting too much of a company under financial strain by an economic recession peering at a depression? Do you think it’s wise to waste the decision makers’ time with complaints when in reality they’re do what is best for the consumer by creating the best possible end product?

I’m as much a fan as the rest of you, but you have to be realistic. You have to act like adults to be treated like adults.

And to all of you who are saying that you are going to boycott WB movies until HBP is released. One: that’s called a temper tantrum. Two: if Potter fans stop financially supporting the company that’s making the Potter movies, you end up with the same problem discussed in the above section. You end up with a company that will have a lot less money to spend on producing the last two movies and a lot of unhappy people making those movies for a group of petulant fans who may not deserve the support of the company. It’s a two way relationship.

Final word: If you want to be treated like mature people, you have to think and behave like mature people. This is business, and this is in the best interest of Harry Potter fans and movie fans in general.

Posted by Dreggor Gade on November 09, 2008, 11:02 AM report to moderator
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