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Beaks here... Well, this is a surprise. The sixth cinematic jaunt to Hogwarts just got pushed to July 17, 2009, thus leaving a huge hole in the November 2008 release schedule. Why? Feel free to parse WB honcho Alan Horn's official statement:
"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."
Does this mean shooting o HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS has been delayed? "Motherfucker please!" sez WB production president Jeff Robinov:
"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.'"
So Disney's BOLT now has November 21st all to itself until UA decides to move VALKYRIE again.

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  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by Duke of Hurl

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    As if it's not going to make hundreds of millions regardless

    by cyrent

    Frak you, WB... at least come up with a better excuse.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by Seth_Brundle

    I understand the summertime being optimal for family films, but Black Friday is also the start of all the shitty family "holiday" films. It would have been nice to attend this than "Christmas With My Wanker," or some other POS holiday flick.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    "Harry Potter and the Five O Clock Shadow".

    by spiderinside

    Harry and the gang are gonna be in their mid thirties before this thing is done....

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by Seth_Brundle

    It is always too good to be true

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Sounds like DK raised the bar for WB

    by Duke of Hurl

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Its because of Dark Knight I bet

    by Sadako

    They want to run Batman in Imax into the New Year to give Titanic a run for its money.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    hey Brundle

    by Duke of Hurl

    You gotta save that talkback and go for the gold with nothing but a subject. Next time, kid...

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Pitty, always felt Potter was more of a Christmas/Holiday film

    by Evil Hobbit

    I'm not that fond on watching Potter in the summer. It just feels less magical. Oh well...

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by Magma Suit

    I had big plans for this one. My November is ruined! I guess I'll settle for Bond...

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I hope they move the nazi movie up to November

    by Captain_Pigphucker

    Nazis and Christmas don't mix

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I just had a major tent-pole release in my pants

    by SlickyVonBoner

    not really. The summer is always jammed pack with a major release every weekend. I think it actually hurts some films. In the case of Batman, there really hasn't been much real competition in the past few weeks. The Mummy 3? ha! It'll be interesting to see how Tropic Thunder does.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Fucking stupid.

    by DOGSOUP

    Money money money money nom nom nom nom. "Shit! We can gets pounds of coke and the really good whores if we wait and release this piece of shit, I mean sacred cash cow, next summer!" How about this? Howabout not making the last film(s) such an anticlimatic disapointment! Howabout not being so faithful to the book that we have to see an hour and a half of Harry bitching in a magic tent? Oh waaait WB doesn't give a shit, they just want to pay whores 10,000 a piece to chili dog their tits. Nom nom nom nom nom...

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Duke of Hurl

    by Seth_Brundle

    I know, I will get that gold...someday. Until then there's no harm in trying, even though it makes me look completely retarded.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    I feel somewhat cheated by this

    by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom

    This movie was on my radar and I was eagerly looking forward to seeing it. One feels there is more than meets the eye to this situation. The trailer looked wonderful and sparked some degree of anticipation with me. Nevertheless, i suppose it gives me something to look forward to in 2009.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by slappy jones

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    That's gay

    by MattmanReturns

    Especially after they gave me a boner with the last trailer. Fuckers!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    This TB sure turned homophobic quicky

    by Iowa Snot Client

    I see homophobic people!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    this seriously sucks

    by imascooby1985

    this and Bond were the only films I have been looking forward to for the rest of the year. Fuck you WB. Although I must admit it is nice that they are honest in saying they are doing it to make more money instead of making up some BS excuse about wanting to "perfect it" or something.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Just enough time...

    by PaddyIrishman

    to hire John Williams for the score. The last two soundtracks were useless!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Stupid move!

    by stinkyfingerz

    No way does this movie have a chance of posting TDK numbers. It would have done better this Thanksgiving, and the trailer made this movie seem interesting.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by Errockk

    Not me, not hermione, YOU!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    I thought they did it to add more scenes.

    by WickedMonster

    Crap. This is just BAD!!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    by Craig2574

    You have to be kidding me! I was looking forward to walking into showing and screaming at the top of my lungs #$*@+ KILLED #&%^@&@#&. Not going to spoil for everyone!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    That is complete Bull.

    by Reverend Toast

    He is contradicting himself... he said that it was delayed due to the writers strike... but Post-Production WAS completed on time... I mean, I could be wrong... but isn't Post Production the last thing a film goes through before distribution?

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    FUCK THIS....I was just saying I was pumped its in the Fall....


    Potter movies should be fucking holiday movies...not Summer movies. FUCK THIS!!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    One wonders if there will be an audience soon

    by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom

    After all, the books have now concluded and children everywhere have shared their final journey with Harry Potter and his chums. One can't help but wonder if delaying the series will do the studio any favours. Will there still be an audience for the final movie in 2011 or whenver it is scheduled to emerge?<p>I believe this "Twilight" series is the new favourite amongst the youngsters of today.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Iowa Snot Client

    by MattmanReturns

    I tried to find these homophobic posts you're talking about and couldn't. I guess we know who the real homophobe is.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5 p.m. CST

    These school kids are going to have kids at the release!

    by Baron Karza

    That will be dope. OBTW anyone see the upskirt on hermione?

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Crap! However,

    by DKT

    I guess this means the Potter movies will all be released a little closer together, now. Which is kind of cool. But SUMMER? That's a whole nother year!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by Redfive!

    Too many movie are coming out during the summer...PRINCE CASPIAN...HELLO.That almost tanked.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    An Appeal To Mister Knowles

    by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom

    Please sir, for the love of God, could you add an edit function to your messageboards. It's terribly frustrating to find that you have made an error and are unable to correct yourself.<p>One must move with the times and it seems that, for Aint It Cool News, the time is 1998. You only embarrass yourself by the lack of functions such as edit or delete. Step into the millenium with us, my friend, and add these functions to your messageboards.<p>Thankyou for your time.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    yeah, that pesky november

    by StovetopStuffin'

    what with that Thanksgiving nonsense taking up everyone's time and no one going to see movies. Oh...wait. That's a really dumb move. should have thought of it before releasing the trailer, dickwads!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Teaser came months later than usual - something amiss here

    by theycallmemrglass

    Something may not be going well in production. The Teaser came out several months later than usual. Now this. Its a strange move for WB to look incompetent with their scheduling. I've a feeling they are covering up something else. Ah fuck, what do I know. This is a big setback as its the biggest film I was looking forward to this xmas.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    That explains the huge delay we got on the trailer...

    by flickchick85

    When waiting for that damn TEASER, all I could think was, "we got them waaay sooner on all the other installments. What's the hold-up?" I think this explains it.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    The H.P. winter films were the most successfull

    by The Biomind

    This is a strange reason to move the release date, because the Harry Potter films released in winter are more successfull than the ones released in spring / summer. The move of the release date is especially strange, because only a few days ago, the international release for november were released...

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by Biko Salamar

    Can't believe this, one more year to wait!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    I've had a rather depressing thought

    by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom

    Imagine, if you will, all the people who will die between the previous release date of this movie and the new release date.<p>One wonders how many of them were looking forward to watching it but now will be unable to? A very depressing thought indeed.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    HARRY POTTER has always been a Christmas kind of franchise - hell, at least 3 of the movies feature Christmas in them, and that score just feels Christmassy to me... Mrs-Spud-to-be is inconsolable about this, as POTTER at Christmas makes the festive season really special for us, so bumping it to July - which to me means competing with many larger scale summer tentpole movies, ergo a smaller slice of box-office cheese, ergo FUCKING DUMB MOVE BY THE WAY WB - ain't the smartest move. But hey, fuck it, makes SOOOOOOO much more sense to open a movie against every other studio's big guns in the middle of the most competitive month in the movie calendar, rather than at the holiday season where it has the box-office share all to itself, or at best has to compete with a fucking NARNIA movie (no comparison at all). COME ON!!! Are the execs at the WB REALLY that fucking stupid?!?!?<P> Oh yeah - we're talking about the studio who binned the GLOBAL FREQUENCY TV show back in 2005, which could have been the biggest paranormal thriler series since THE X-FILES. Dumb motherfuckers...

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Real reason for the delay...

    by Liberty Valance

    WB needs more time to figure out how to cut up "Deathly Hallows" into a trilogy so they can suckle this teat until 2020. Any other reason is bullshit--you could release this flick on a Tuesday in March with no advertising and it would still do $800 mil worldwide without breaking a sweat.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Reverend Toast, no contradiction

    by DreadPirateRoberts

    The first two statements are from two different people. The first one says the writers strike affected both WB and other studios and has made some unexpected holes in the Summer schedule. Translate that as "we can make even more money than we expected in the following summer". The other statement is that the HP film is already done on time, so the other films are still on track as scheduled.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Rabbit of Carrot Shaped Doom

    by spud mcspud

    As right as you are - and you make a very good point - I bet you are a riot at parties. Burrow under the fence, get yourself a big rabbit cheekful of grass that tastes of freedom and thankfulness, for the sun will shine again, and the rabbits shall inherit the earth. Bless you, my twitchy-nosed friend.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST

    I thought only kids gave a shit about Harry Potter.

    by C Legion

    How old are the people moaning about this?<p>No offense, I just find it a little surprising when adults get overly excited about what are essentially children's stories.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST


    by Saluki

    Well, James Bond must be happy as shit. No Potter to fight him in the domestic or foreign markets this November.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    They aren't saying the writer's strike affected THIS movie

    by Dreamwriter

    Read exactly what he says, he's saying the writer's strike affected the movies they *were* going to have in the summer of 2009. Since they no longer had a big summer movie for 2009, they decided to put this one there instead. It sucks that they did this purely for business reasons, though, and aren't going to take the extra time to make the movie any better.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by Redfive!


  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Shit dude.

    by mefrog

    That leaves a massive gap in the holiday release schedule that hasn't existed in YEARS. Too bad. I was REALLY looking forward to this.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter and the Regrettable Piercing

    by EriamJH

    Hell, the boy-man can sport a goatee know... might as well get a tattoo and play in a bar band.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Dreamwriter has nailed it

    by The Handsome 12th Doctor

    The writers strike has meant that WB doesn't have a big film for 2009. And studios like to show big profits for each financial year. WB are already in profit this year due to The Dark Knight, so they don't need Potter to boost their numbers.<br>Whereas next year they had nothing that would be guaranteed to make big bucks. Hence they've shifted a safe bet into 09.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Twilight Sucks.

    by SamuelJackson1

    I don't care much for harry potter, but compared to Twilight (for come insane reason has become popular) Harry potter is a goddamn masterpiece.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Yeah, they saw the Dark Knight's "sweet spot"...

    by Flim Springfield

    Last of the huge blockbusters, little competition for the next few weeks.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Oh for fuck's sake!

    by Denty420

    So it's gonna be a little longer until Harry Potter is shoved in my face yet a-fucking-gain? I can't tell you how eagerly I look forward to being brainwashed by this shit and all the sycophantic bastards that go with it. I can't fucking wait for this sorry-assed saga to end. It's about as interesting as watching my dog shit on the road.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Admittedly, I was looking through next year's summer lineup

    by mefrog

    ...and the thing really does look like shit. Like, VERY weak compared to this summer and even to last summer. So it's not like we're gonna be overblown with blockbuster fatigue in '09. But I'm down for stirring up a giant "fuck you" to WB for this move. The Dark Knight spoiled them.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Really, who gives a rats ass anymore?

    by jae683

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by C Legion

    Considering the fact that not one "R" rated film is in the the top 25 highest grossing films of all time, I'd say that kids have a pretty big impact in regards to Box-Office gross.<p>As for your point about foul language, are you fucking kidding me?

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST

    While strolling along the beach...

    by elvine

    I might come across a leaked copy of this film. What should I do? Ignore it and wait for the cinema release as I always do with films I look forward to? HARDLY! Will I still pay for it in July? Of course I will. And the winner is... WB!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by obidawsn

    I guess you haven't seen the movies or read the books (especially the latter). Yeah, the first movies/books were geared a little towards children (though better written than most, and could easily be enjoyed by adults), but the later book grew up a lot. There are a lot of themes in these books, and J.K. Rowling wasn't afraid to kill off major (and favorite) characters (thus advancing the story and themes and making the stories have more meaning and suspense) just because they are "children's books" and people were in an uproar about it. And if you're going to say "who cares" about Harry Potter because they are children's stories, then there should be no talk about The Hobbit on this site.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    C Legion - a good kids story is still a good story

    by flickchick85

    And some adults like good stories of all kinds. And the Harry Potter BOOKS, for the most part, are good stories. The movies are extremely hit-and-miss, though.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    DARK KNIGHT and POTTER in the same year

    by palimpsest

    with no tentpole release for 09 would make WB figures stink. Remember this is a business, folks, tho I agree the Potter movies play better as end of year flicks than as summr ones. That being said, don't be surprised if WB pull a MATRIX / BACK TO THE FUTURE / KILL BILL trick and release DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 on or about home video release day of the first one...

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Warner Brothers with no Tent Pole?

    by Saluki

    Terminator 4? Hello? This is because the Justice League film was (rightfully) canceled during the writer's strike, but Potter likely would have made a bit more this November. This is all about quarterly profits and keeping the shareholder sheep happy.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST


    by C Legion

    I hear you, it's just the whole Harry Potter phenomenon has always baffled me a little. If people grew up reading the books, then I can understand the love, I just can't wrap my head around the adults who were there from day one and bought the "grown up" editions of the books with different covers so as not to embarrass themselves.<p>As for "The Hobbit", countless millions grew up with it, and it is also not a story ABOUT children. There's a big diffence between the two.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Of course it's due to the writer's strike...

    by Chewtoy

    It's all there in black and white... They don't have enough major releases for next year due to the strike. Since they've made plenty of money this year (Thanks to TDK), they decided to move a sure money-maker to fill the hole in their schedule, so as not to have investors getting antsy at the huge profit drop in 2009 compared to 2008. It will likely mean a few million less for Harry Potter, total (I believe the summer entries to the franchise have made less than the winter holiday ones), but it will make the books at Warner Bros. look a whole lot more consistent.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    call WB and tell them to bite it....

    by Biznatch

    Susan Fleishman (WB VP) Phone 818.954.1919 Can't find her email address...

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    This is a brilliant move on The WB's part...

    by Mr. Profit

    I don't work for Warners, but I get a copy every Monday morning of the yearly film release calendar for all studios on my desk. I have to say, the writers strike fucked production over. And so did the threat of a SAG strike too. So there really isn't a whole lot of note comming out next summer. WB has virtually no options either aside from Final Destination 4 (3D) in August. Moving HP to the summer gives them a bonifide money earner for the season. Lack of competition gives it longer legs to make money unchallenged. And the guaranteed success ofthe movie also provides Warners a nice cushion, in the event Watchmen underperforms. So from a company standpoint, this is just smart business. Let's not forget TDK also grossed enough dough for 2 blckbusters in one film. And this will also allow TDK to hit 550 if it's in IMAX until the end of the year. So WB wins big. I admire them right about now.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    smart move for Warners

    by stickmangrit

    look, i could really give a shit less about HP, and this is good a smart business move on WB's part. their entire summer block for 2009 is based around fucking Watchmen, which they're sharing profit on with Paramount. and god only knows how the fuck the average Joe moviegoer will react to it. they need a big moneymaking tentpole to fill the void left by the strike, and it looks like HBP can do that for them. <br> <br> as it stands, i'm hesitant to bash Warners under any circumstances. this studio has been consistently putting out good to fucking amazing films since Batman Begins. right now they've got a summer riding on Watchmen and Terminator, both of which are hard R, expensive, and entirely open to crashing and burning at the box office. if a movie i could give a shit less about getting bumped back seven or eight months means that the studio doesn't start getting panicky and rushes a third Batman into theaters to make ends meet, then i'm cool with that decision.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Stupid Paramount...

    by critch

    I know this has nothing to do with it...but This just makes Paramount look like even bigger asses for dumping a 200 million Star Trek right in the middle of Wolverine, Night at the Museum, Terminator, Up, and Davinci 2, instead of this Christmas when there will be NO COMPETITION AT ALL. Morons.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by Turd Furgeson

    Man I was looking forward to this at Thanksgiving... WB could have had one big year. I can see them wanting to spread the wealth over 2 years, doesn't mean it doesn't suck though....

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    This pisses Jesus off big time I bet...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...birthday, presents, and a Potter flick? What's not to like?

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Summer tentpoles 2009

    by zooch

    McGerminator<br> X-Men Origins: Wolverine: The Origin of Wolverine from the X-Men Movies<br> Transformers: Revenge of the Suck<br> GI Joe: Rise of Suck<br> J.J. Abrams' Young Star Trek<br>

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Good for WB

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    A very smart business move. Like what has been posted earlier, the lack of summer competition is what is fueling this change. Why open during a limited holiday, when you can have the second half of July and all of August to yourself. As for the comparisons to Prince Caspian? Please. Narnia isn't even in the same league as the Harry Potter series. I expect a very good box-office return for this one.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Cant say i blame em

    by bongo123

    its a money making buisness and the more money they make the more money they can devote to more films.. sucks and i was really looking forward to a winter potter movie, cause the films play so much better in winter/xmas season... cunts!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Summer Competition is mostly

    by RobertBaron

    non existent after July 4th weeked. From about May-July 4th, there's a big release every weekend. After, things drop off considerably. TDK had such great legs because nothing came out for about 3 - 4 weeks. I think it's pretty obvious that's what WB is hoping for with HP in that mid-July spot. I do agree, though, the HP films definitely feel more Christmas-y than summer-y.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    On a side note.

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    Despite being popular among comic enthusiasts and pop-culture followers, I have a sneaking suspicion that the Watchmen isn't exactly going to blow up the box-office. If it were, I would think WB would be more incline to release it during the summer, and not in March. I am sure it will do well, but I suspect that WB is being cautious in it's expectations.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Terminator is not a guaranteed hit...

    by Mr. Profit

    It's rated R and T3 wasn't exactly a huge hit domestically. So people could either tune it the fuck out, or it could surprise us. Also Watchmen is a spring movie. Not summer.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    C Legion - About all the furore

    by spud mcspud

    It's simple really... Good literature is good literature, regardless of what market it is aimed at. Arguably Potter was aimed at kids initially... But there is no way JK could have seen the amount of adults who got into that phenomenon and wasn't affected by it - which is why the books skew into adult territory in the later volumes. This also coincides nicely with the fact that the books are each one school year, which begin with an 11-year old Harry - a kid - and end with an 18-year old Harry - arguably an adult.<P> You seem a fairly intelligent individual - so why the dumb-ass sniffiness over whether or not an adult can enjoy what is marketed as a kids' book? That's how the LORD OF THE RINGS saga was marketed for years... and I wouldn't say the movies based on those were just for the kiddies - would you?

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Christmas movies

    by eXcommunicated

    Who else loved the early 2000s when you could go see Harry fucking Potter and Lord of the Motherfucking Rings together with your family at Christmas time? Great times those were. WB, reconsider this.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Well, then WB just made a major public fuck-up...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...because upon arriving home, lo and behold, the cover story to this week's Entertainment Weekly is Fall Movie Preview, with Harry Potter there right on the front fucking page. You would think that Warner Bros. would tell EW, a publication of TIME WARNER, that maybe they shouldn't tell everybody who has a subscription or anyone who looks at a newsstand for the next week starting today that the film is coming out next summer. <p>Sorry, WB, that's what we call a marketing problem.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by lovecraftian

    First TRICK'R TREAT, now this.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by lovecraftian

    First TRICK'R TREAT, now this.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Valkyrie should snatch up the Nov. spot instead

    by The Winged Doucheman

    November Nazis. Its a marketing match made in heaven.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST


    by Charlie_Allnut

    This is a winter franchise.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Stupid Decision

    by starlesswinter

    I can understand the financial reasoning behind the decision, but it's still a lame one simply because it's all founded upon an IMAGE basis. WB wants The Dark Knight to be number one of all time so that they can have their name up there with it. And let's face it: by the time Harry Potter comes out, the average moviegoer won't have any more interest in seeing The Dark Knight yet again. WB might not technically need Potter's earnings THIS year, but the film would most definitely make more money as a winter release than a summer one (and the series just FEELS more like a wintry story to me), therefore earning WB more money overall. Annual earnings is again just an image thing, for WB (if they release Potter this year) will earn more money for 2008-09 than if they do not release it. The decision to release it next year will earn more money for 2009, but I doubt the totals for 2008-09 would be more.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    And still...

    by starlesswinter

    Even if they want a summer release, why wait until July when they could have an earlier one? It's a horrible thing to do to true Potter fans out there. Go visit a Harry Potter site (the fans are in uproar!) From another point of view, what if this was The Dark Knight? Can you imagine if this happened to that film, and how you would feel?

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    What if ...

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    ... they moved Watchmen 2 months forward to a May 09 release? <p> Is it not "Tent Pole" enough?

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    spud mcspud.

    by C Legion

    I've come across as a bit of a condescending prick, it's not for me to say what others should enjoy.<p>My view of the matter, if anyone's interested, is that I find it hard to relate to stories about kids anymore. I can enjoy films that have a child as the central character, but I tend to find the adults within the story more compelling. I'll give an example, "Cinema Paradiso". The kid is charming, but it's Philippe Noiret's old projectionist that I connect to, he's the heart of the film, and the most affecting sections of the film deal with him, and the kid as an adult. the same goes for "This Is England", the kid is the main character, we see the world through his eyes, but he isn't the main focus for me, it's the people around him that draw me in. And Stephen Graham's "Combo" completely steals the film.<p>The only films I can think of that I enjoy with kids as the leads are the films I grew up with in the 80's, probably due to sheer nostalgia.<p>Anyway, it's just the way I see things, no offense to anyone.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Commerce over artistic considerations

    by spud mcspud

    Who'd a-thunk it?!?!?<P> Seriously, WB, dumb fucking move. Reconsider, you twits. And while you're at it, release the GLOBAL FREQUENCY pilot on DVD, give it some decent extras, watch it sell by the shitload, and get that fucking series back in production pronto!<P> Fucking WB. No idea at all...

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST


    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    After the first movie, the next biggest grosser was Order of the Phoenix, which had a July release as well.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Next year's Little Miss Juno

    by The Handsome 12th Doctor

    I think what's been highlighted here is that some little indie flick is very likely to rake it in in 2009.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Favorite WB Memory.

    by Reverend Toast

    I was at the midnight showing of Happy Feet (I love George Miller movies, and I love animation)... and when the Order of Pheonix trailer finished a bunch of people (well, of the other 15 people there) cheered, this guy behind me said "I can't believe it, a bunch of Fucking adults cheering for fucing Harry Potter." I turned around and said "Dude you are at a Midnight showing of a movie with Dancing Penguins."

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:05 p.m. CST

    C Legion

    by spud mcspud

    No offence taken. I just thought you sounded too smart to be one of those "kids' movies are just for kids" types... and you are smarter than that. Kudos for explaining your position - for what it's worth, I understand where you're coming from: many movies that come out with child leads immediately put my guards up. Usually child actrs aren't as good at acting as the adults around them too, which makes a difference - and I'd include the Potters in a list of child-led franchises that have improved acting-wise as the stars have become older and more experienced. THE WATER HORSE - LEGEND OF THE DEEP was a welcome exception to the rule, as the kid (Alex Etel, only 14 and been in MILLIONS and the BBC production CRANFORD) was a marvellous actor and was a huge benefit to the movie. I personally have never found it difficult to access the same frame of mind I had as a kid, from whatever age I need to imagine being - having 5 young nephews and a young niece also helps! - but maybe you're someone who just appreciates adult acting more than child acting. Maybe your life experiences have shaped your views and preferences. Maybe you've watched one too many Dakota Fanning movies and it's tipped you over the edge... :D <P> Whatever the reason, apologies if I sounded like an arsehole back there, and cheers for clearing that up!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    gonna make next summer even more crowded.

    by BurgerKing

    and fall even more dull

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Watchmen is not a summer movie...

    by Mr. Profit

    The audience is adult. It's right now 3 hours long. And it's material that is untested and unpredictable. Releasing it in competition free March is a smart move. Moving it to May is Speed Racer risky. I think Potter fans should relax, and stop crying conspiracy. It's a good move. Sure it sucks, but you will see it no matter when released, so calling and emailing WB is not going to make it better.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Fuckin WB twats ...

    by Lamerz

    I wonder how much fan backlash will exist over this? Then again, how bad can it really be for WB. They know the fanboys will rush to see it anyway, and the casual fan will probably forget about the whole thing anyway. It might not hurt them in the long run, but they are still douches. To me it sounds like they didn't fucking prepare before or recover appropriately after the writers strike. Shouldn't these fuckers have had a game plan other than moving releases around like a fuckin shell game? "Damn, we fucked up. No major release for Summer '09. The stockholders are going to lynch our pasty asses. I know! Let's just move Harry Potter to July 09. Fuck the fans.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter and the Jumped Shark

    by TheJake

    You really screwed the pooch on this one Alan Horn. You're gonna catch some serious backlash for this move. And for what? PURE GREED. Be prepared to hand in your resignation when this ends up being the worse grossing movie of the series. Mark my words dude, your days are numbered at Warner Brothers. THE GREAT AND POWERFUL JAKE HAS SPOKEN!!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Did I read that right?

    by vadakinX

    Post production is finished? <p> I can understand pushing back a movie like Dragonball, where they had a lot of work to do, but if HBP is pretty much finished, then why delay it? <p> Is the Christmas period no longer a good time for movies? Since when? Star Trek was pushed back to the summer to "take advantage" of the summer season, and now Harry Potter. Yeesh.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    drturing -- totally agree

    by claudiomonster

    I've been advocating for this for weeks.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    How can you prepare for 2 potential strikes?

    by Mr. Profit

    The writers strike sidelined everything. TV still hasn't fully recovered. How many new shows are launching in 2008? And compare it with how much is reving for spring 2009. It made no sense to start making a film then stopping because of an actors strike right after the WGA was out. Now that they know that SAG (while they still have no deal in place) have no intentions on walking out, production will ramp up. And a summer potter film can make money. I was on vacation at Virginia beach and saw part 4 in the summer on IMAX. I recall that film making a lot of dough. So why would this new one make no money? Spiderman 3 was burnt monkey feces and that bullshit made 300 mil. HP will make money. Moreso that there ain't shit to challenge it when it's released.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Couldn't agree with you more Mr.Profit

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    "Speed Racer risky" is right on the money.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Well, look at it this way... we'd have had to wait as long for P

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Every movie from after the second one onward came every year-and-a-half. After the sixth had been released this November, we were going to have to wait two whole years for the seventh. Now we'll just get that damn two year wait out of the way with the sixth and then we'll have a normal year-and-a-half wait once again. It all evens out. I'm still pissed having my Star Trek film and now my Potter film delayed, but at least we're talking less than ten months. Ah, well.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    (damn, cut off!)...we'd have had to wait as long for Part 7

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    My "blah blah blah" is above....

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    this pretty much sums up the whole thing.

    by deciple87

    http://w JnLuEy8wg

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Profit

    Thanks man. Watchmen is something I want to see, basically most people on this site are anticipating it. But WB was smart. The summer would kill it the way Speed Racer bombed horrifically. Moving HP is WB's insurance policy for 2009 the way TDK was their insurance policy for 2008. Now no one is talking about Speed being a flop for them. I hope Watchmen does well and is an enjoyable movie, but I'm sure they are only expecting to make their money back (100 mil) plus an additional 50 domestically bringing it to 150 mil. Which is good considering the mainstream audience doesn't know much about the source material.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    *Please Note

    by TheJake

    By the way, my previous post I may have come across as a diehard Potter junky, but I assure you this is not the case. I simple think that this is a bad move for WB. THE GREAT AND POWERFUL JAKE HAS CLARIFIED!!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by The Eskimo

    I wanted to do the "tent pole release" joke. Guess I should stop having a life.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    "Oh yeah, and you're all a bunch of homophobes

    by The Eskimo

    !" said the gay guy

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    were you fuckers born this dense...

    by stickmangrit

    or did you have to work at it? seriously, quit you're fanboy frothing at the mouth for ten fucking seconds and actually give some consideration to the situation at hand here. this is the studio that's delivered time and time again on the Potter series, it's turned Batman into a serious dramatic franchise and given Christopher Nolan an artistic carte blanche, which has given us two fantastic genre films and a brilliant drama in between. if there are ANY good guys left in the industry, they're working at WB. NOBODY is putting the kind of consistent trust in their filmmakers than WB right now. WE'RE GOING TO GET A THREE FUCKING HOUR LONG WATCHMEN AND YOU WANT TO BITCH ABOUT WAITING A FEW MORE MONTHS FOR A MOVIE YOU ALREADY KNOW THE FUCKING STORY TO?!?!?!<br> <br> like it or not, they have to keep the shareholders happy, and they have to do something about the vacuum left by the writers strike. right now Paramount has Star Trek and Transformers, Fox has Wolverine, and Universal should still be happily coasting on Wolfman. and what does WB have? two hard R flicks, both genre to the core. one's a big-budget adaptation of untested and utterly unpredictable material, and the other's a reboot of a franchise that was damn near utterly driven under by the previous installment that's already got some negative buzz surrounding it's ending. neither is a sure moneymaker to contend with these other flicks. this decision means that even if the unthinkable happens and both Watchmen and T4 tank, HP&HBP can slip in in july and clean up for the last few weeks of summer(just like DK) they're putting in a guaranteed moneymaker in an uncontested slot to hedge their bets regarding the other huge investments they've made for 2009. that's called thinking ahead and covering your ass.<br> <br> and as for spud mcspud's comments, how the fuck does this affect the artistic merit of the movie? it's somehow not the directors true vision because it's not fucking released in the holiday season? they're not cutting a frame from it, they're not forcing the filmmakers to shoehorn in new sub-plots, they're just pushing it back a few months. seriously, what the fuck is the uproar over here?

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Awesome summer in IMAX!!

    by guidotkp96

    With Potter moving, IMAX should be really strong this summer, I mean look at the lineup.. May 22nd - Night @ The Museum 2 June 26th - Transformers 2 July 17th - Harry Potter Looks like a solid summer to me. Of course, what will play in IMAX besides Eagle Eye on Sept. 26th & Madagascar 2 on Nov. 7th? Anyone have thoughts on that?

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by starlesswinter

    There's a big difference between a few months delay and almost a whole year...You may not be a huge Harry Potter fan, but to a fan of the series who waits for the film from the day it's announced, its a huge disappointment. I'm not trying to bash you or anything, but think if this had been your most anticipated film.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    spud mcspud.

    by C Legion

    Fuck me! A civil Talkback dialog :)<p>I've just got "Son of Rambow", I'll watch it soon and try to connect with my "inner child" again. The fact that I'm English, and loved "First Blood" as a kid (still do) should help matters.<p>Good talking to you mate.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter and the Fucking Pissed Off Fans

    by grandlarseny

    What the fuck is this shit? You REALLY think its gonna make less money in November??? I know about a billion Harry Potter fans that will tell you assholes otherwise.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Smart move by them

    by andrew coleman

    Frankly this will make bank in the summer more than the winter. I think Trek was a bad move though for Paramount. All this means is Bond is like the big movie of the winter and I'm fine with that.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Think of the marketing now too...

    by Mr. Profit

    Remember The Dark Knight was finished early too and it was held until July. Shit we even got to see the first scene in IMAX in December ahead of I Am Legend. So you know that the WB is going to ramp up some serious marketing for this movie. The fans may get an exclusive look this winter of HP ahead of a Dark Knight IMAX screening. Or maybe this spring ahead of Watchmen. Either way, it's not worth crying about. The WB is a great studio now that appreciates genre work. They even got 2 blockbuster horror titles they inherited from New Line. The sure to be profitable Friday the 13th remake. And Final Destination 4. Both films are in post production and eventuough they are mostly finished, they got pushed to 2009 to non competitive release dates. By the way, anyone expecting Wolverine to make over 225 is crazy.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    It's not about less money in Novemeber...

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    But more money in the summer. Yes, it screws the HP fans and die-hards. However, that's only a portion of your audience. With the summer, you get more kids out of school, repeat viewings, and it's in a prime spot on the calendar.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    I actually agree with Danny Dickblood...

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    ...the Potter movies feel more like holiday movies than summer movies. This is a bummer. I was looking forward to this one. What next? 007 on Memorial Day 2009? Fuckers.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Holiday Harry

    by Acquanetta

    The Potter films have proven to be a sure thing during the holidays, and many audiences likely feel a sense of tradition towards them. I also think Warner may be forgetting that Dark Knight's success (or rather, its level of success) was somewhat unexpected- since movies generally don't do as well that late in the summer.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST


    by stickmangrit

    yes, i understand that the die hard Potter fans won't like this news, and if they had knocked Dark Knight to november of this year i'd be similarly furious, but many of the claims being bandied about here are utterly ridiculous. this is not a money before art move. if anything, it's an artistic integrity before money move.<br> <br> seriously, let's consider what they're not doing right now. they're NOT forcing Snyder to make cuts so Watchmen can be "more commercial." assuming that the ending we've heard for T4 is true, they're NOT forcing re-writes and re-shoots. they're NOT trying to shoehorn the entirety of Deathly Hallows into a single two hour movie. this is a studio that has proven time and time again over the past few years that they are willing to take risks on big-budget genre flicks, and allow the talent enough freedom to sink or swim on their own. Superman Returns didn't suck because of studio interference, it sucked because WB gave Singer the freedom to fuck it up.<br> <br> the fact of the matter is that artistic integrity doesn't pay the bills, but rather than sacrifice that integrity to assure financial success, they've decided to move they're biggest franchise from a safe and relatively uncontested holiday(in terms of family films at least) to a far more crowded summer in order to preserve the artistic integrity of two very risky genre movies. the fact of the matter is that everybody wins in this scenario: Watchmen and T4 are allowed to release exactly as the writers and directors intended them, and even if the risks don't pay off Potter will still keep them in the black, which keeps the shareholders happy and enables WB to keep giving their artists the freedom that we've come to expect from the studio. this is not a studio making stupid decisions that piss off the fanbase for the sake of a quick buck, this is an extremely smart way to maintain the level of creative excellence that the studio has become known for.<br> <br> that said, i will admit that they should have fucking announced this BEFORE the fucking marketing push for november, and waiting this long for such a drastic decision was extremely stupid of them.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    I don't see how you can call this a holiday franchise when this will be the 3rd film of the series to be released in the summer. I don't agree about this being an artistic move on WB's part, because they have already said that the film is completed. This is clearly a financial move. Take the emotion out of's just good business.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST


    by stickmangrit

    if both Watchmen and T4 perform well, then WB will have had two straight years of huge profit from letting the talent do it's job, which will set one fuck of a precedent for the rest of the industry.<br> <br> and Acquanetta, whilst late summer isn't necessarily a huge moneymaking period, between the massive hype derived from BB's success, early word on the performances, and Ledger's tragic demise, WB knew they had THE most anticipated movie of the summer. as a result they chose to hold back and release it at an uncontested period(knowing people were GOING to go see it anyway) rather than throw it into the middle of a summer that was not only crowded as hell, but crowded with FOUR other comic adaptations. they put it in a slot where nothing would come out to fuck with it's success and watched it perform beyond anyone's expectations.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Star Trek a tentpole release?

    by tbransonlives

    Wow, I didn't know they changed the date. That's not too smart, I get the feeling it's going to be a bomb.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Upon further thought

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    I think this move even makes more sense because of the unclear picture of how the Watchmen and T4 will do financially. You know HP will bring in the cash, but with the other 2 films there are no guarantees.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Screw You WB

    by bafreak

    We are greedy and want to make $5 million more so we'll come up with a lame ass excuse and move our bread and butter franchise to the summer. Oh wait we'll probably come out even cause of the millions we've spend on advertising. Frickin Jackass'

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by Playkins

    Fuck you, WB. Yeah, you know we'll all still go to see it, but it's not going to make me like WB any more.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Re: stickmangrit

    by Acquanetta

    ">>and Acquanetta, whilst late summer isn't necessarily a huge moneymaking period<<" But that's basically what I just said. Why did you feel a need to try and defend Dark Knight? I wasn't attacking it. I think we'd both agree that the film was an exception to the rule, and that late summer traditionally doesn't result in that type of business.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    re: stickmangrit

    by Acquanetta

    "and Acquanetta, whilst late summer isn't necessarily a huge moneymaking period" But isn't that what I just said? I think we'd both agree that Dark Knight was an exception to the rule- and that late summer films don't generally enjoy that type of success.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Messed up

    by ranma627

    But I'll live. I was really excited that Harry Potter was moving back to November because that's where it belongs. But does it really matter? They already fucked up the last three films and I'm sure they'll fuck up this one, which is my favorite book of the series. Everyone praises Alfonso Cuaron for Azkaban but I'm sorry, the adaptations went downhill starting with that film. I don't care if people thought Columbus was doing uninspired versions of the books, I rather have that then have someone completely steer clear of the source material. They fucked up the film series, which could have been on the same level of Lord of the Rings. But who cares? We still have the great books thanks to Ms. Rowling.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST

    delicious cowbell

    by ranma627

    The film was by the strike because that postponed other projects that otherwise would have been filmed for a 2009 release. So, due to the strike happening, 2009 have some spots that are vacant for Warner's Bros. release schedule. Hence, move it from the fall and move it to the summer where it has been more successful. That's there reasoning anyway. Makes sense, even though I hate it.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Hoping for lightning to strike twice

    by bafreak

    July 18th 2008 Dark Knight breaks opening weekend and every other box office record. WB execs think Hmmm what can we do to make the same thing happen next year. Come out with something new nah we'll move one of the most anticipated movies of the holiday season. That won't piss anyone off.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    D. Vader

    by mooseaka

    Sorry, but anyone complaining about the lack of Dobbie in the recent HP flicks loses some serious credibility with me. It's like complaining about the lack of Jar Jar in Revenge of the Sith.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by stickmangrit

    TDK's success isn't so much a surprise exception to the rule so much as it is a studio realizing that the film, given a HUGE marketing push to drive the pre-existing buzz over the top, was strong enough to overcome that "rule." and they realize that Potter is a big enough franchise to do the same thing. movies don't do well at the end of the summer because studio's mainly dump utter shit with decent marketing at that point*COUGH*Mummy3*COUGH*. with both TDK and HP&HBP, WB is taking major franchise releases with an already established following, and placing them at the end of the slate when the smoke's cleared in order to cover riskier films from the start of the summer. it's a brilliant strategy that exploits an otherwise dead period in order to achieve both the risks required of new and different films and the financial security of proven franchises.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by wendybird

    Way to spring this BS at the last minute! They just released the teaser with the NOVEMBER 2008 date and now they're saying WAIT ANOTHER YEAR SO WE CAN SQUEEZE MORE MONEY OUT OF THIS FRANCHISE!? I'm SO livid but it shouldn't be a surprise that $$$$$ is the only thing WB care about! F%#k them!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST

    good move......

    by krod

    no one likes seeing movies in the one...what people do go to movies in the fall...weird

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST

    COMPLAIN to Warner Brothers

    by Ekip

    Let Warner Bros. know you are not happy with this:,,,

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I could not agree more with Evil's a holiday film

    by Ang_Lee

    Spot on! These movies are made for Thanksgiving/Christmas time. It's a damn shame!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:50 p.m. CST

    These are the same guys

    by OBSD

    That moved Trick R Treat around 3 or four times, then killed it. Who the fuck knows why they really do what they do.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Maybe they moved it..

    by OBSD

    in order to give the director more time to film more montage scenes, seeing as that's all he can do.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 10:08 p.m. CST

    "the last two soundtracks were useless!"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Hey...Patrick Doyle's Goblet Of Fire score was just fine. Only the OOTP score sucked ass. Anyways, just get Doyle back or at least Bruce Broughton.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by starlesswinter

    I don't think placing a movie anywhere in the year, no matter how good or bad an idea it is, is "artistic."

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    fucking stupid

    by Rat Fink

    HP will make the same amount of shit ton money no matter when it's released. They could release it on Xmas day for christs sake and it would still make millions. This is fucking stupid.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST

    by starlesswinter

    And why does it matter how much WB makes in a given year when they would probably make more money overall if they release Harry Potter this year?

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    It matters because...

    by Mr. Profit

    A company that is public has to ensure it's stock holders are satisfied with it's gross revenue on a yearly basis. WB lost 125 on Speed Racer, but made that back with Get Smart. Sex and the City also put up huge numbers. And finally The Dark Knight is nearing 500 million. What sense does it make to release yet another guaranteed 250 million dollar movie in 2008. What happens in 09 when 2 of your films are risky bets and you have nothing to match 2008's big year? Your investors are pissed because the economy sucks and you pretty much overloaded 2008 while neglecting your development slate for 2009 (knowing full well the development was hampered by a strike).

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Fuck You Warner Brothers

    by fedrich519

    Eat shit and die. Like the taint of a crack whore while you're at it, you fucking morons. Bad call. Way to piss off a loyal fanbase for no logical reason. IDIOTS!!!!!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST


    by jedimast3r


  • Aug. 14, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Almost seems like....

    by Greenleaf1

    ...they released the real reason why they were moving it instead of the usual fake-sounding reason like post production ran into some hitches. At least it doesn't appear to be bad reaction to the film itself, and this should brighten up the otherwise dismal looking summer 09.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:30 a.m. CST


    by Mundungus

    Lets not push it to xmas or May, Lets really turn the screw. <p> Bastards

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    OhhhhhNOOOOOO! What ever are we going to do???

    by George Newman

    Surely not just read the book again and use our imagination! <p> Surely that wouldn't be a more satisfying experience than watching a truncated story on film!!

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    REAL reason for delay

    by DewMan89

    They couldn't arrange for Radcliffe to "accidentally" O.D. until after the first of the year. That's WB's whole new marketing hook.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    "Family Tent Pole Release"

    by Cybyer

    Isn't that a euphamism for incest? What the hell kind of movie are they making over there?

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Utter bullshit

    by Brody77

    Between this & clone wars, I'm near breaking point with those WB tossers.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 3:40 a.m. CST

    better at Christmas

    by Mr Gorilla

    These movies were great at Christmas - felt like a real treat. And, as Titanic proved, a November launch isn't a bad thing. (See it once before Christmas, then one after to get over January blues.) All that being said... Warners seems to definitely be the best studio at the moment. Whatever the ardent fans of the books say, the HP producers are doing a beautiful job - it's pretty incredible that we are on film 6 now and the thing feels so vital. Meanwhile, they took 2 gambles this summer: Speed Racer and Dark Knight. Both were honourable gambles. What ISN'T an honourable gamble is something like The Mummy 3.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 4 a.m. CST

    Warner Bros have lost they're fucking minds!!

    by MrBlonde92

    I mean,they already released the teaser and then they sy "Nah,u guys are gonna have to wait a while longer".IT'S FUCKING INSULTING!!!!!

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 6:15 a.m. CST

    We Should Petiton against WB

    by ukmaxi

    This sort of thing shouldn't happen, i mean the film if friggin made, and what its going to be in storage for 8 months doing nothing. Its an Insult to everyone who has strived and worked on the film aiming for that initial november release date. Its so frustrating!!!

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST

    also.... a year between two HP movies is NOT LONG ENOUGH!

    by Mr Gorilla

    18 months between two HP films give you time to gear up, see the movie,get the DVD, get on with your life for a bit, forget about it before the next one comes out. A YEAR is not long enough to do all that shit. You risk getting, well, a bit sick of the thing. People will start thinking, jeez, I'm not sure I'm ready to hear that damn theme play out over shots of the hogwarts train again.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST


    by nukethefridge

    Genius Dude, Genius.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    At least the fan Back Lash for this news has overshadowed

    by Jugs

    ...the fan back lash for that Twilight tripe book number 4 Breaking Dawn. Hee Hee

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Writers strike?

    by screenweekender

    Didn't JK Rowling already write it? like 18 months ago? WB think that people aren't going to want to see this film at Christmas? This smacks of an excuse for a troubled shoot. which is a shame. The Whole point of the series is that the kids are getting older, but unless WB pulls their finger out they are actually going to have a real age problem on their hands.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST


    by GaiustheBrave

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    All about money....

    by Judge Briggs

    Greedy fucking studio fucks.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Warner's Business Savvy

    by Acquanetta

    Sure, this looks like a great business move on paper- or in the vacuum of a message board- but the fact remains that Warner *is* trying to run a business here. And it's never good to make the customers feel like you're screwing them over...especially this blatantly. If this were a regular company, no one would be patting them on the back. It just seems like Warner has crossed the fine line between learning from a success and letting it go to your head. (And for the record, I've never even seen a Harry Potter film. I just think it's poor form to be moving it at this late stage.)

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    How the WB Stole Christmas...

    by Lost4Words

    Everyone is right, Harry Potter and Christmas go hand in hand, like talkbacks and complaints...

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Why not cancel Christmas too, WB?!

    by pokadoo

    You fuckers!!! May as well. I was looking forward to that!! Wasn't Azkaban, the only other summer Potter, the least performing (at the box office) out of the series? So what's the point? I hope this flops, just as a big fuck you to the Warner Brother Whores. You don't deserve The Dark Knight! Fuck this!!! FUCKING CUNTS!!!

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Just saw your post, Lost4words.

    by pokadoo

    Wasn't copying you, honest! #cue spooky XFiles theme, induced by coincidence*. I was too busy frothing at the mouth to read the talkbacks. Also, I ment that Azkaban was the only other Summer Potter film - Besides Phoinex, which is the one that did so well, they decided to push this one back. Could it perhaps have done well because the series is getting better, and the films are becoming a bit more sophisticated, and regualar people are less embarassed about sitting watching a film about a teenage wizard school with a bunch of nerds? Would Batman have done less well at Christmas?

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1 p.m. CST


    by Kenobi-fan

    Take that HP fans! Courtesy of the Slytherin branch of Warner Bros. Have a nice day!

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Number of Harry Potter books

    by Abominable Snowcone

    that I have read = 0. Number of Harry Potter films I have seen = .05

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    The Marketing of it in November would have...

    by OliviaFarts

    ...posed a HUGE problem considering their lead actor is contracted to appear in a play until February - which I'm sure the stockholders were none too pleased about. Another thing, Radcliffe's nude performance in Equus would completely overshadow the films, which is supposedly for children. Radcliffe couldn't go out and promote the movies properly, leaving the brunt of promotion in Emma Watson's hands since Rupert Grint NEVER seems to go out of his way to promote anything. Next July Radcliffe and Watson are both free to help boost the promotion and hype.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST


    by wendybird

    Dan was naked on the West End near the time Ootp was released it didn't have any adverse effects on marketing for that movie. This has nothing to do with DanRad's bits. It has everything to do with WB's greed.

  • Aug. 17, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Sign the Petition, tell WB to release Harry Potter VI this year!

    by mdaneker

    Tell WB to release "The Half Blood Prince" and do right by the fans!

  • Aug. 18, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by JoeSweden

    What no one is discussing are that cinema-chains around the world now have a big gaping hole in their programming in November. Sure they can probably fill it up with something, but not in the caliber of HP with multiple prints/cinema. They will probably push Bond harder, but it's not the same audience. Madagaskar2?! Please, no..