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Steve Kloves Comments on WB Worrying over Anticipation for Potter Films ?

Posted by: sue
December 28, 2008, 07:50 PM

The serious economic and credit issues facing all of us are hitting Hollywood as well, as noted in this new article from The Independent. The piece focuses on the financial concerns major film studios have regarding large scale big budget fantasy films, and makes mention of the Harry Potter films series. Without quotes, the article states that Harry Potter Screenwriter Steve Kloves has apparently made some new comments regarding Warner Bros and the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films. The article reads as follows:

Even Harry Potter, the most profitable franchise in film history, isn't totally secure. Its screenwriter, Steve Kloves, said recently that Warner Bros was worried about the prospects for the last three films in the series, since J K Rowling is no longer driving anticipation for the titles by producing new books.

The piece then continues to point out that "Harry Potter Surpassed 'Star Wars' and 'The Lord of the Rings', with $4.5bn (£3.1bn) in sales. Three installments remain. The 'Half-Blood Prince' will be released next year ."  We are uncertain as to when and where Mr. Kloves made these comments and are trying to obtain more on this interview; updates will be posted on this matter as soon as we can.

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WB should worry, after pulling HBP from November to July. I won’t see it becasue they had their self interest invovled. BOYCOTT it! I think that’s what scares WB. Fans were very upset and they need to be sensitive to the fans. This is all about money. DH being broken into 2 movies, so they have millions, and I rather watch in on the interent and let it sink. Sorry some of the fans that do go see it in July have no regard for some fans that can’t afford it and wait for it and then get disappointed with WB finance.
Posted by Razor on December 29, 2008, 12:41 PM

Agreed. Boycott still on.

Posted by patrickrox on December 29, 2008, 02:29 PM report to moderator

did some thinking about this while dashing about town…

one thing that WB is counting on —to the benefit of TLC and to us as fans —is the role of the fan sites and related activities in keeping interest alive. As we are all aware initially WB tried to rein in and in some cases shut down fan sites and activities. And then someone there with half a brain recognized a basic truth: the fan sites were a free and extensive form of marketing and publicity, and therefore it was better for WB to encourage and work with the sites instead of antagonizing them. That is a very simple fact that seems to be ignored by everyone, and Melissa, with all due respect, an issue you did not explore in your Harry (nor was it discussed in We are Wizards for that matter). The “innocent and loving fans vs evil corporate WB” line makes a good fairy tale, but its only part of the story behind the shift in WB’s position.

And we can assume there will be huge marketing campaigns prior to the release of each film. Throw in the possibility that DH MIGHT be available on DVD in time for the 2009 holiday season….sheez, i should have financial concerns like those!

if there is any financial concern for WB, then its for the production costs of DH, and how to minimalize those.

Posted by budb on December 29, 2008, 02:40 PM report to moderator
Matt C

Cindy, TDK raked in so much cash because it was a GOOD movie, and it was Heath Ledger’s final completed film. Stop saying that the advertising for TDK exploited Ledger’s last performance, since it obviously DIDN’T. If the WB were exploiting Ledger’s performance, the publicity would’ve been very different — thank god the WB took Ledger’s family and young daughter in consideration when marketing the film. Granted, not all blockbusters are good movies (for example Michael Bay’s shoddy “Transformers” is a shining example of a bad movie turned blockbuster).

And I wouldn’t worry about HP losing steam — a lot of non-fans will see HBP this coming July (regardless of the angry fan boycotts) and the two-part film in 2010 and 2011. If anything, the push from November 2008 to July 2009 showed how passionate the fans are about HP.

Posted by Matt C on December 29, 2008, 04:09 PM report to moderator

Hear hear, Wilson. Maybe it’s my naivety, but I think WB and Potter will be just fine.

Posted by Jessie on December 29, 2008, 05:24 PM report to moderator

budb, great to see you again. You make a couple good points. The budget for Deathly Hallows will be the only potential problem. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. You also mentioned the fansites. This is why I think WB really needs to do some sort of viral marketing campaign for DH. I think an online, behind the scenes video diary would be a great way to market the film without spending a lot of money. It would also be a nice way to show the fans they care. Horn did say they would make it up to us, right?

As for HBP, I’m pretty shocked by the lack of advertising this holiday season. November and December went by without a Poster in the theater. At least the trailer was out. Still, I can’t help but wonder if the lack of advertising is due to the economy.

Posted by mollywobble on December 29, 2008, 06:10 PM report to moderator

Oodles of people went to see Twilight after the book series was over; I don’t think it’ll be a big problem. Then there are those people who didn’t have the strength to actually finish reading the series and wants to see what happens. And of course there’s us- but I don’t think the WB is worried about us skipping the last three films; nor should they be.

Posted by H on December 29, 2008, 07:57 PM report to moderator

Just read that Fox officially wants to halt the release of Watchmen now. WB says they want their trial. Honestly, I think Fox is just trying to force a settlement. Anyway, why is this important to us? Because it’s all about money. If WB loses half of its profits or can’t release it all, WB loses a boatload of money. It may have an effect of the DH budget. Granted, I’m not exactly sure how that works. Hopefully some one can clear that up for me.

Posted by mollywobble on December 29, 2008, 10:05 PM report to moderator

If they were really worried about the films and wanted to boost the film series with a Rowling book, they should have left the release date for HBP in November since Beedle came out in December.

I rather doubt Kloves said this, frankly. As for a boycott, not me. I’ll be there.

Posted by bebe on December 29, 2008, 10:06 PM report to moderator

giant corpartions such as movie studios such as wb are not affected be MINOR recessions klves you stupid twat

Posted by adam on December 29, 2008, 10:41 PM report to moderator


Posted by adam on December 29, 2008, 10:41 PM report to moderator

ah, Molly m’dear! well, i do check Leaky, almost every day …but unless there’s something of particular interest I usually don’t contribute any more…

Adam, giant corporations go bust all the time, and numerous film studios have done so for the past century. We can hope that the major profit takers and shareholders in WB got the lesson from what’s gone on in the US economy during the past six months, cut their expectations, cut top CEO salaries and bonuses, etc. ……..we can only hope. But, as I recall US history, during recessions and depressions the pattern is that people go to movies more, not less….

Posted by budb on December 29, 2008, 11:24 PM report to moderator
Matt C

Well, if Warners loses their trial with 20th Century Fox over “Watchmen” (and it ends up getting delayed to 2010 or 2011), they can ALWAYS push HBP to fill up the March slot. It is already completed, after all.

But I doubt that. The move would already muck up plans when it was pushed back eight months and to have it pushed up four months ahead of the July 17, 2009 date would give the WB little time to assemble a marketing and advertising campaign.

Posted by Matt C on December 29, 2008, 11:33 PM report to moderator

Yup, can anyone say “New Line?”

Anyway, just saw some more promotional material for Coraline. Film characters have blogs, great website where you can sew buttons on your eyes, other cool promotional tools. All similar things WB used for Dark Knight. This is the type of stuff they should be doing with the last Potter film if they are worried about people not showing. Heck, they should be doing it with HBP too. Oh well, they must not be that worried.

Posted by mollywobble on December 29, 2008, 11:38 PM report to moderator

if they dare delay the next film I will scream…even more loudly than with the pathetic postponement from November. WB you cant have it both ways, Greed can only run you so far. We have played/paid the way/game. Recession or not, you have had gravy years to prepare. We, the fans don’t want to hear crying over the economy, when you know we will all be there with bells/wand on. When other arts are struggling to survive, you have a guranteed cash cow…produce or crash in flames I say! LONG LIVE HP~

Posted by susan on December 30, 2008, 01:20 AM report to moderator

We are guaranteed all 7 novels. Even if the 6th movie is not a success they will already be half way to finishing the 7th book.

Posted by Quibbler on December 30, 2008, 06:54 AM report to moderator
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