Producer David Heyman Talks HARRY POTTER, 3D Re-Releases, PAGE EIGHT Sequels, PADDINGTON BEAR, GRAVITY, and More

     November 22, 2011

Producer David Heyman HARRY POTTER interview slice

With the DVD/Blu-ray release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 last week, Warner Bros. Home Video invited a number of reporters from around the world to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida to help promote its release.  While there, I got to speak with the cast as well as some of the filmmakers behind one of my favorite films of the year.  Over the last week I posted video interviews with director David Yates, Rupert Grint, Warwick Davis, Jason Isaacs, Evanna Lynch and Mark Williams, and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).  And for the last interview, I’ve got an extended conversation with producer David Heyman.

During the interview, Heyman talks about being at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and what impressed him, what fans always want to talk about when they approach him, his thoughts on WB home video pulling the Potter movies at the end of the year, his memories of making the franchise, if there’s a mega box set with new extras coming in the future, and if he thinks WB might re-release the movies theatrically in 3D down the road.  In addition, Heyman talked about other projects like Paddington Bear, Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, his Beatles animated project, Page Eight sequels, and more. Hit the jump to watch.

Finally, if you missed the 60 images I posted from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, click here to check them out.

producer_david_heyman_imageDavid Heyman Time Index

  • :48 His reaction when he first saw the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. Talks about how production designer Stuart Craig was involved in the design of the theme park. Tells a story about a part of the film set (Dumbledore’s office) that was built for the second film and never used, but it persisted throughout the film series.
  • 3:18 What do fans always want to talk to him about when they meet him? Says most people are friendly and just enthusiastic about the series.
  • 4:37 His impression of Warner Bros.’ plan to pull the Blu-rays and DVDs from the shelves at the end of the year. He thinks this isn’t the end, and imagines that they’ll be putting out a bunch of new box sets over the years.
  • 6:23 Does he think the films will be re-released theatrically in 3D in the years to come? Says he hasn’t been privy to those conversations, but it wouldn’t surprise him.
  • 7:27 Are there a lot of deleted bits from the previous films or audition footage that could surface in the future? Says there’s not much deleted material as you’d expect.
  • producer_david_heyman_image9:17 Talks about the possibility of a big documentary made up of behind-the-scenes footage. Says Morgan Matthews made a documentary about the making of the last film, which focuses on the human side of the production. It not only features interviews with the main cast members, but also crew members, make-up artists, etc.
  • 12:19 Talks about his memories from each of the films. Says the first film has the most memories cause it was the first film he had ever made with visual effects. Remembers Jo Rowling coming to the set the first time, changing the wands because they were too extravagant, and Daniel Radcliffe being allergic to the contact lenses that they made him wear to make his eyes green.
  • 15:06 Has he been privy to conversations about a mega box-set? Says he’s involved in those decisions, but he’s more involved in editing and cutting footage together. Says they’ve had conversations about the set and it’ll be a little while before it comes out.
  • 16:00 Talks about the possibility of more Potter. Says Jo’s not the person you hustle into writing more books.
  • 16:39 Future projects. Talks about Gravity with Alfonso Cuaron. Says they’re talking about a trailer right now, and he imagines we’ll see it early next year.
  • 17:25 Paddington Bear “There’s a budget which we can make it for, and now it’s about going through the process of seeing if we can actually make it for the budget that we’ve been given, so that’s exciting but challenging. At the moment it’s with Warner Bros. we’ll see what happens. There’s a couple of different possibilities…There’s a really talented director called Paul King [on it] who has just made one film for almost nothing, he’s worked in television. He’s great.”
  • 18:32 Talks about his Beatles project “We’re actually doing a rewrite on it, so that’s where it is. It’s something that I and Warner Bros. really wanna pursue and it’s one of their priority projects, but we need to get the script in shape first.”
  • 18:58 Says he has more time now that he’s finished with Potter, but he’s also flooded with more projects and opportunities.
  • 19:19 Talks about his film Page Eight starring Bill Nighy. Says they’re talking about doing a couple more of those that could happen next year.
  • 20:41 His philosophy on trailers and not giving too much away. He thinks the key is doing it through suggestion.
  • 22:54 How many young adult books is he sent every week? Says there is no “next Harry Potter”; the series was original and unique.


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