Although Warner Bros. announced back in February that both parts of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" would be converted to 3-D, the studio has gone back on that decision.
On Friday (October 8), it was announced that [url id="http://www.mtv.com/movies/movie/342213/moviemain.jhtml"]"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"[/url] will be released in 2-D. The reason? The 3-D conversion will not be finished in time for its November 19 release date.
"Despite everyone's best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality," the studio revealed in a statement. "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."
This news will likely come as a pleasant surprise for fans who are feeling 3-D conversion fatigue — an issue critics and audiences alike have been grumbling about since seemingly last-minute conversions were made to films like "Clash of the Titans."
"Potter" producer David Heyman supported the studio's decision to go with the 2-D version.
"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," Heyman said in a statement. "This decision reflects that commitment."
Director David Yates added in the same statement, "This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first."
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," however, will be released in both 2-D and 3-D formats on July 15.
Heyman told MTV News earlier this year that the idea of adding the 3-D element excited him. "I am obviously looking forward to some of the battle sequences in the second part," he said. "I am also looking forward to seeing the dragon flying up. I think there's a lot that will be great in 3-D, but to me, where it's really most exciting is just making that world seem much deeper, richer and what that extra dimension gives you."
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