Well it’s official. Warner Bros’ has managed to do what fans around the world have been yearning for. An eighth Harry Potter installment. Well, sort of. Warner Bros’ announced that they will split the final book into two parts. Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (due Nov 2010) & Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (due May 2011). David Yates (currently directing Half Blood Prince) will return to direct both movies concurrently. Also returning is screenwriter Steve Kloves (who has written all but one of the movies) & producer David Heyman (who has been involved with the movies from the get-go & was the person who was instrumental in getting Jo Rowling to even agree to let her stories be turned into movies). Daniel Radcliffe (need I even say that he plays Harry Potter?!?) has been quoted as saying that he believes that splitting the book into 2 movies is the only way to tell the story without "cutting out major portions of the book." He seems to be quite delighted about the whole idea, so one can only assume that Warner Bros’ has taken the appropriate steps to ensure that all of the principle actors are on board for an extra movie. Like I said, the two movies will be filmed concurrently, so the only issue should be a slightly longer filming schedule.
So folks, what do you think? Are you excited about an extra Potter movie, or do you think it is just Warner Bros’ way of cashing in on a super-lucrative franchise? My big question is where would they possibly split this up into 2 movies? Let me know what you think!!