Warner Bros. Nixes Plans to Release HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1 in 3D

     October 8, 2010

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We have some great news for folks who hate shoddy 3D post-conversions.  THR is reporting that Warner Bros. has canceled plans to post-convert Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 into 3D.  In a statement released today, Warner Bros. announced that the film will play in 2D and IMAX on November 19th, but “we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window,” and “despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey.”  Director David Yates added, “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”  Yates must not have seen the 3D version of Clash of the Titans earlier this year.

Personally, I’m elated to hear this news as no studio has managed to craft a quality 3D post-conversion yet.  As someone who can’t wait to see the new Harry Potter, I’m glad I don’t have to worry about it being ruined by a shoddy and unnecessary 3D post-convert. Keep in mind that Warner Bros. has been planning to release the film in 3D since February of this year so it’s not like Harry Potter had the same rush as Clash.  No word if Warner Bros. also intends to scrap their plans to release Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 3D. [Update: Warner Bros. has released a statement where they (sadly) announce they still intend to release Part II in 3D; Hit the jump for the full press release]

Here’s the press release we received from Warner Bros:

For Immediate Release

Statement from Warner Bros. regarding “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1:”

Warner Bros Pictures has made the decision to release “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” in 2D, in both conventional and IMAX theaters, as we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window. Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. 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. We, in alignment with our filmmakers, believe this is the best course to take in order to ensure that our audiences enjoy the consummate “Harry Potter” experience.

Producer David Heyman said, “For 10 years, we have worked alongside Alan Horn and the studio, whose priority has always been to preserve the integrity of Jo Rowling’s books as we have adapted them to the screen, and this decision reflects that commitment.”

Director David Yates continued, “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”

As scheduled, on July 15, 2011, we will deliver to conventional and IMAX theaters our final installment of the film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” in both 2D and 3D formats.

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