Earlier this year, Warner Bros. made the rather bold announcement that the studio intended to present all of its future “tentpole” movies in 3-D. While some of these films would be native 3-D productions, a good number would be converted to 3-D in post-production. Shortly after this announcement, the studio’s ‘Clash of the Titans‘ remake premiered to widespread criticism about the quality of its 3-D conversion. Now, in another setback, Warner has announced that plans for a 3-D release of the next ‘Harry Potter’ sequel have been scrapped.
Keep in mind that the last couple of ‘Potter’ films, although not entirely in 3-D, played in IMAX 3-D theaters with selected scenes that switched from 2-D to 3-D.
According to the press release:
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.
So, it sounds like a 3-D version of ‘Deathly Hallows, Part 1’ isn’t entirely out of the question – just that it couldn’t be completed in time for the November premiere. I expect that the film may be re-released in 3-D to tie in with ‘Part 2’ the following year, which I also expect to be in 3-D.
While I happen to like 3-D when it’s done well, I think that these 2-D to 3-D conversions are for the birds. If the studio wants to embrace 3-D, it should do so the right way by moving to native 3-D production. I intend to watch the ‘Harry Potter’ movies in 2-D, whether a 3-D version is available or not.