Heyman to Kloves on Deathly Hallows: “times I think we could have done three movies”

Dec 11, 2008

Posted by: SueTLC


IESB.net has a new interview with David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter films. David Heyman spoke about the decision to split the film of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two movies and also mentioned recently speaking to screenwriter Steven Kloves about the wealth of material contained in the final Harry Potter book. Quotage:

ESB: I have to ask the obligitory Harry Potter questions, is it a good thing they split up the upcoming films?

Heyman: Yes, I didn’t want to do it initially. I was like, “This is
crazy.” And then the decision rested ultimately with the filmmakers.
The studio said you do whatever you think is right and initially I was
like, “This is crazy!” And then I started going through the book and
the thought of doing it in one film is insane. This is the story where
so much is resolved. In previous films we’ve been able to remove
certain things that didn’t relate to Harry, we took Harry’s journey.
And in this one it was nothing, I mean, it was so much harder to remove
things. The think we could have removed would have been the Deathly
Hallows, but the book is called The Deathly Hallows and that would have
been slightly problematic. And so we made the decision and I was
speaking with Steve the other day, Clovis [sic] the writer, and he says, “you
know there are times I think we could have done three movies…” There is so much material and it’s such great material that now I feel very positive about the two film approach.

IESB: Do you think it’s the end for the Harry Potter franchise and characters on the big screen after the last book?

Heyman: I would not be involved in a film based on Jo’s characters
without Jo’s stories, so my sense is yes, unless Jo magically writes
something else Harry Potter that is not a Harry Potter tale, not Tale
of Beetle the Bard or the books on Quidiche [sic], if she wrote something
like that maybe but I am not sure she has any plans to do so.

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.