Ain'tItCool.Com is reporting that the release date for "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince has been yanked from the schedule for this November and moved back to July of 2009. Warner Brothers honcho Alan Horn gave this as the official reason for the move.
"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."
"The release date change does not alter the production schedule for this or future Harry Potter films. Post-production on 'Half-Blood Prince' was completed on time, and the studio's release plans for the two-part 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' will not be affected by this change. We know Harry Potter fans are eagerly anticipating seeing the final chapters unfold onscreen. In fact, the good news for them is that the gap will now be shortened between 'Half-Blood Prince' and the first part of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.'"
Folks, I don't know about you, but I am not that easily fooled. There is only one reason that Potter has been moved and that is the unrelenting pursuit of corporate greed. One look at the July dollars for "The Dark Knight" and the great big WB (now forever known as Warner Bastards) decided that they could harvest more gold by holding out until next summer, hoping that all of the deprived Potter fans will rush to the gate, hoping to quench their undying thirst for wizarding magic, and plunking down dollar after dollar to satisfy their need. I am one of these fans.
To dangle a carrot out in front of this horse for all of this time with a promise of a November date, and then to toss it down the road 9 months into the future doesn't work, mainly because there are a lot of nuts and berries to be eaten along the way. Being teased like that and then not delivering only leaves my taste for carrots as something that I disdain.
I will boycott the next Harry Potter film. The bigwigs at WB need to find out that they can't screw with the fans. E-mail me or post a comment letting me know what you feel about this. In fact, join me in the Screw WB Boycott!!
You can also sign a petition by clicking here. I don't know when I've ever been more ticked off over a piece of movie news.