Because of its inability to convert the latest Harry Potter movie into a worthwhile 3D presentation, Warner Bros will now only release the first part of The Deathly Hallows in boring 2D. The studio, rife with pressure to get the movie out for its scheduled November 19 premiere date, said it did not want to keep fans waiting just because it couldn't do the 3D conversion in time.
For the most part, though, fans probably won't mind. After all, the movie was not filmed in 3D and moviegoers have come to bring lackluster expectations to films that are shot in 2D and then only given a 3D makeover in post-production.
"We do not want to disappoint fans who have long anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey, and to that end, we are releasing our film day-and-date-on November 19, 2010, as planned," said Warner Bros in a statement.
Because it doesn't want to close out a cash cow movie series before it has to, Warner is splitting up the movie version of Harry Potter's final book into two separate releases.
The final-final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, is set for a theatrical release of July 15. Warner Bros says that project is still expected to be released in 3D. So, half of The Deathly Hallows will be in 3D and half won't. That's Hollywood for you.