No need to fear, all you fans of "Harry Potter" in 3D out there. Despite Warner Bros.'s announcement earlier this week that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" would not be released in 3-D as initially planned because the post-production work could not be completed in time for its November 19 release, Variety reports that Warner Bros. is in the process of converting all four of director David Yates' "Harry Potter" titles into 3-D for Blu-Ray.
Right now, work has already begun on "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," with "Order of the Phoenix" to be the next in line. The conversion is being done by Prime Focus, who received a lot of flack for their shoddy last-minute conversion of "Clash of the Titans," but hopefully they have learned their lesson since. Variety reports that the 3D work is "proceeding methodically."
Yates will participate in the conversion process once he is done in post-production work on the "Harry Potter" films, though it will be interesting to see whether Warner Bros. has Prime Focus convert more scenes to 3D than the disappointingly few that were released in theaters. Variety said that Prime Focus is flexible enough to allow Yates to view the 3D work and make sure it meets his standards even after the shots have been converted.
If you're wondering why I previously mentioned that Warner Bros. is working on all four of Yates's titles, when it was just announced that "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" would not be converted to 3D, it's because Warner Bros. is still debating whether they should complete the conversion later for a Blu-Ray release. "Part 2" will definitely be released both in theaters and home video in 3D, though.
Warner Bros. isn't giving a street date for the 3D Blu-Rays, Variety reports, because they want to take the time to make sure the conversion process is done right, and don't want to be rushed by setting a release date early on and having to risk cancellation or postponement. It also leaves the door open to working with the previous "Potter" directors -- Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron and Mike Newell -- to convert the first four films to 3D for Blu-Ray as well.
Are you glad Warner Bros. is converting the "Potter" films to 3-D on Blu-Ray, or do you wish they would just leave well enough alone?