The next installment in the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, had its release delayed from November 2008 to July 2009. Producer David Heyman recently spoke to Coming Soon about the delay, whose fault it was, and how the film is coming along.
“The film’s done. 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.”
That’s actually quite disconcerting to hear because you know that the film is done, complete, and ready to go. As a Harry Potter fan, I now just want to see the finished article, regardless of whether the movie studio is ready for it to be released or not. Unfortunately, there won’t be any advanced screenings possible due to concerns over piracy.
“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.”
As for who is responsible for the delay, Heyman puts all of the blame squarely on the shoulders of Warner Bros., which asked for the nine month delay in order to fill a huge gap in its schedule. And as a result, us loyal HP fans have to sit and tap our fingers waiting.
“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… 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’ve been so supportive that one has to support… they needed it. It’s a film business.”
Filming on the next movie, The Deathly Hallows Part 1 is due to begin in February so production will be half finished before we’ve even got to see Half-Blood Prince. I was a patient while waiting for J.K. Rowling to write each book in the series but am finding waiting for the last few films much more of a chore.