Oh yeah, the ‘Half-Blood’ bump

Posted by · 5:47 pm · August 14th, 2008

Michael Gambon in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceI received the press release regarding Warner Bros. pushing “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to 2009 earlier today when I was out and about. And frankly, four hours later, it had already slipped my mind.

So what does this mean in the awards landscape? I’m not sure, since WB isn’t one of the awards-obsessive studios that makes decisions based only on “the season.”

Maybe the movie is crap and needs some work. Maybe the studio smells blood after “The Dark Knight” and feels that “Terminator Salvation” isn’t enough of an ace in the hole next summer. I don’t know. But the wizard’s out of the derby now and that frees up some budget dollars for “Knight” and “Body of Lies.”

That’s all I’m saying…

Anyway, bravo to Steve Kloves for whoring it out on seven straight projects after an artistic showcase like “Wonder Boys.” The checks must be substantial. And his cut-and-paste function must be wearing out by now.




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  • 1 8-14-2008 at 6:27 pm

    alynch said...

    To give Kloves minimal credit, he merely whored out on 7 out of 8 projects, rather than 7 straight. He didn’t write the most recent Potter film.

  • 2 8-14-2008 at 6:53 pm

    BNick said...

    I was actually looking forward to this after the cool trailer. I think it’s a question of money and not having a sure bet in 2009. I doubt the quality of the film has anything to do with it. It’s one of the best books and Yates did the last one, too.

  • 3 8-14-2008 at 7:38 pm

    Adrianna said...

    I loved “Wonder Boys”.
    I’ve read the HP books and seen the movies and I think Kloves did a terrific job. If I wouldn’t be burned at the stake for saying so, I’d say that he improved on the books in many cases, certainly as far as clarity and brevity and coherence go. Since millions of viewers are watching these movies multiple times, the good screenwriting sets standards for many young viewers. Kloves deserves every penny. But I do hope he gets to do his own work again.

  • 4 8-14-2008 at 10:45 pm

    Marvin said...

    But the last one sucked.

    I think WB. wants a Dark Knight next year, and this is their best bet. Plus they’ve had experience releasing Potter movies in the Summer season so it’s no big a deal.

    Or so it seems…

  • 5 8-14-2008 at 11:13 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I think it’s very strange for such an important film. Potter films are always hits, no matter when you release them. I honestly don’t see the threat in Disney’s Bolt. The trailer looks like a regular Dreamworks flick.

  • 6 8-15-2008 at 5:57 am

    crazycris said...

    Argh!!! You mean we have to wait a whole bloody year instead of just a few months?!?!?! DAMN WB!!!

    This is indeed the best book in the series…

    Will someone explain to me how they can stretch out the last book to 2 films? 1/3 of the book is filler…

  • 7 8-15-2008 at 8:11 am

    Ivan said...

    I can smell a huge campaign for TDK in the award season!

  • 8 8-16-2008 at 10:58 pm

    herbert said...

    I also thought this was the best book of the series. I haven’t really enjoyed the films, although seeing them as they are released with all the hype augments the experience. I feel like I am waiting for the series to be set up and established, until I realize that 5/7 of the books have already been adapted.

    At least its been a lovely cash cow for Warners and they have done a wonderful job in producing/marketing this series. Look at Prince Caspian (not as popular but still…..) – the first one was a hit but it fizzled. Achieving close to 800 mil for every movie is incredible.

  • 9 8-17-2008 at 12:20 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Why don’t they just re-release any of the previous Potter films in November to fill the gap? No one would notice the difference.