No… It can’t be…: Release date of Half Blood Prince moved to NEXT SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!
(Veritaserum) Warner Bros. has announced that the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been moved to next summer from its original date of November 21. HBP will now open in theatres (both domestically and internationally) on July 17, 2009.
Alarn Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer of Warner Bros., said:
Our reasons for shifting ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to summer are twofold: we know the summer season is an ideal window for a family tent pole release, as proven by the success of our last Harry Potter film, which is the second-highest grossing film in the franchise, behind only the first installment. Additionally, like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers’ strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films–changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of. We agreed the best strategy was to move ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer.
Jeff Robinov, President of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, confirmed,
“The release date change does not alter the production schedule for this or future Harry Potter films. Post-production on ‘Half-Blood Prince’ was completed on time, and the studio’s release plans for the two-part ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ will not be affected by this change. We know Harry Potter fans are eagerly anticipating seeing the final chapters unfold onscreen. In fact, the good news for them is that the gap will now be shortened between ‘Half-Blood Prince’ and the first part of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.’“
Proof capture from the official Half Blood Prince Site.
And I say it’s bull shit! Is this the only reason? Making Money? I mean every fan would go watch the movie in theatres at November ANYWAY. What would that change? I can’t believe it. I’m so stunned right now. It’s disgusting. We were all waiting for the movie and now it’s complete we can’t watch it? Incredible. This will make some noise, that’s for sure.