Friday's are supposed to be fun and relaxing. Instead I woke up to annoying and stupid. Warner Brothers has pushed back the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from November 21 of this year to July 17, 2009. What do you think, Bat-Bogey Hex's all around at the WB?
Harry says, "Noooooo! Keep the release in November!!"
HPANA has been updating all day with new information. Here is the official statement from Warner Brothers President and COO Alan Horn:
Our reasons for shifting Half-Blood Prince to summer are twofold: we know the summer season is an ideal window for a family tent pole release, as proven by the success of our last Harry Potter film, which is the second-highest grossing film in the franchise, behind only the first installment. Additionally, like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers’ strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films—changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of. We agreed the best strategy was to move Half-Blood Prince to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer.Translated, all that comes down to is, "We think we can make more money if we release it in the summer." Lame. Even worse is when you add in this comment Horn gave to the Associated Press after the official statement:
The picture is completely, absolutely, 100 percent on schedule, on time. There were no delays. I've seen the movie. It is fabulous. We would have been perfectly able to have it out in November.Fans are obviously outraged, including myself. If you're so inclined there are three petitions to be signed in protest:
Doubtful if it will do any good but it's worth a try at least. It's just frustrating to know there's a finished film sitting on a shelf somewhere and we have to wait an extra seven months to see it. If the film leaks on the internet beforehand they have no one to blame but themselves.