Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Accio more money!

Rumors are flying that the movie adaptation of the seventh and final Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows, will be split into two films - ostensibly, to cover more material. Warners didn't seem too bothered, though, when the longest book in the series, The Order of the Phoenix, actually became the shortest picture so far.

To me, this - along with word that the pending Hobbit movie may also be split in two - just sounds like milking the franchise for all its worth. Here's an idea: since the books get (mostly) increasingly long, why not make the movies increasingly long? No one cared when Return of the King was over three hours...by the time we get to Hallows, audiences will likely be expecting such length.

In any case, while Phoenix director David Yates has also signed for the pending sixth entry, The Half-Blood Prince, there's no word yet on a potential Hallows helmer. Although Guillermo del Toro, who has expressed interest, would be pretty awesome.


Anonymous said...

Word. I agree that it is just a scheme to get more money. To think we will be 29 when the last movie comes out is somewhat upsetting.

John G. Potter said...

Which should also put the kids in their early twenties...