Saturday, March 22, 2008
Poodlledoc, Jr to play 'Harry Potter' as final book becomes TWO movies
Splitting the last book into two movies for "creative reasons"? Yesh, right. As many of my 6 loyal readers know, I love Harry Potter. The movies have varied in quality. In my humble opinion, the last book has so much wasted ink in it, that it doesn't deserve TWO movies. I liked, for the most part, what was done with the 5th Potter book when it was converted to a movie. They cut out a lot of that wasted ink. The movie turned out to be pretty well done. So who will play Potter in these films? Daniel Radcliffe will likely be too old (he's pushing it as it is). Perhaps Poodledoc, Jr will play Harry Potter in the last two films! For "creative reasons".
LOS ANGELES - Harry Potter was the center of seven novels, but he'll star in eight films. The final book in the wildly successful series will be made into two films, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
Producers are expected to announce Thursday that J.K. Rowling's last "Potter" installment, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will be split into two parts on the big screen. The first film is slated for release in November 2010, with part two following in May 2011.
"It was born out of purely creative reasons," producer David Heyman told the Times. "Unlike every other book, you cannot remove elements of this book."
The two final "Potter" films will be shot concurrently, much like the blockbuster trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy novel "The Lord of the Rings."
Another famous Tolkien tome, "The Hobbit," is also being split into two live-action movies set for back-to-back shooting to begin next year.
Filming on the sixth "Potter" flick, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," began in September.
"It's been brilliant," said star Daniel Radcliffe. "It's also, I think, the funniest of the films so far."
The "Potter" film franchise has pulled in $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office.