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Steve Kloves Comments on WB Worrying over Anticipation for Potter Films ?

Posted by: sue
December 28, 2008, 07:50 PM

The serious economic and credit issues facing all of us are hitting Hollywood as well, as noted in this new article from The Independent. The piece focuses on the financial concerns major film studios have regarding large scale big budget fantasy films, and makes mention of the Harry Potter films series. Without quotes, the article states that Harry Potter Screenwriter Steve Kloves has apparently made some new comments regarding Warner Bros and the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films. The article reads as follows:

Even Harry Potter, the most profitable franchise in film history, isn't totally secure. Its screenwriter, Steve Kloves, said recently that Warner Bros was worried about the prospects for the last three films in the series, since J K Rowling is no longer driving anticipation for the titles by producing new books.

The piece then continues to point out that "Harry Potter Surpassed 'Star Wars' and 'The Lord of the Rings', with $4.5bn (£3.1bn) in sales. Three installments remain. The 'Half-Blood Prince' will be released next year ."  We are uncertain as to when and where Mr. Kloves made these comments and are trying to obtain more on this interview; updates will be posted on this matter as soon as we can.

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oh sue. i see what you did there. using a Rita Skeeter picture with a Steve Kloves post.

Posted by courteni on December 28, 2008, 10:47 PM report to moderator
Moody One

I’m not the least worried for HP. Our fan base is HUGE!!!! Mollywobble..Fox won their law suit against WB for the Watchmen rights. I hope Fox takes WB for all they can. The WB certainly has taken us, the HP fan base, for all they can. I know many people don’t want to hear another fan complain yet again on the HBP delay but WB is getting just a little back for being so freakin greedy! Whew…I feel better. : )

Posted by Moody One on December 28, 2008, 10:48 PM report to moderator

Whatever. WB spends too much time worrying about its bottom line of billions in profits and a very fat payroll. They need to spend more time worrying about film quality. The potter movies have slipped in story quality pretty drastically. When I bring new people to the franchise by showing them the movies, they end up not reading the books and not finishing all the movies either. To a new or non fan, the movies lack a LOT of story quality and information. Unfortunately, we the Potterheads will go see any piece of junk WB puts out, and they know it. Add in the fangirls/fanboys for Emma, Dan, and Rupert, and they have a guaranteed hit, regardless of quality.

Posted by Jenna on December 28, 2008, 10:49 PM report to moderator

Moody One, they won the preliminary ruling. Problem is we don’t know what will come of it.

Posted by mollywobble on December 28, 2008, 10:57 PM report to moderator
El Caz

Six months from now and who knows how the economy will be. Maybe the big bucks they’re expecting in June won’t be so big, with some loyal fans still angered plus non existing boost from new books plus people trying to save their money. And november flicks were really lacking in quality, a blockbuster then would have made a killing.

Oh well, what’s done it’s done.

Posted by El Caz on December 28, 2008, 11:44 PM report to moderator

HA! We knew WB would come to regret their greedy decision. They will almost certainly make less money next year as the world is gripped by recession. Serves them right, they should have released it in November when they originally said they would.

Posted by jennifer on December 29, 2008, 12:23 AM report to moderator

I wouldn’t worry about the films failing – HP has the largest and most dedicated fanbase ever – and I know people who don’t even like the films who are still going to see the 6th one! If the film failed I would consider it a sign of the apocalypse…

Posted by Lauren on December 29, 2008, 12:37 AM report to moderator

Finally less than 200 days until HBP! It’ll do just fine, I cant wait to get tickets.

Posted by ravesfave on December 29, 2008, 12:44 AM report to moderator

I’ll go see the last 2 HP movies first, and put off paying my bills in order to do so. That shows where MY priorities are, if WB is worried.

Posted by Reader511 on December 29, 2008, 01:12 AM report to moderator

The Potter fanbase is huge…and it’s a worldwide fanbase. What’s worrying WB so much?!
I understand that the recession is stressing everyone out, but if Twlight can still risk a sequel after such terrible reviews, then I see no risk in making the final three HP films the best that WB possibly can.
A dedicated fanbase not only ensures the fans watching the movie, but non-fans too harbor a certain amount of curiosity regarding the film. I see no room for an HP film to fail at the BO.

Posted by Prenz on December 29, 2008, 02:12 AM report to moderator

The Dark Knight did so well because the studio shamlessly exploted the death of one of there main stars. I was planning on seeing the movie, but did not because of all the talk about ledgers death.

Posted by Cindy on December 29, 2008, 02:26 AM report to moderator

The Dark Knight made so much money because it was a freaking awesome movie. Sure, they exploited Heath Ledger’s death shamelessly and that is disgusting, but that doesn’t change the fact that the movie was amazing and Heath’s performance was out of this world. HP is not going to suffer because Jo doesn’t have any more Potter books coming out (besides, if we’re REALLY lucky the Scottish Book could be out by DH) but the rest of the movies could suffer a bit if the studio, director and screenwriter continue to disregard the fans opinions on the changes they make to the story (not the cuts. By now we all know and understand that cuts have to be made to get these books onto film, whether we like it or not. But the CHANGES… those are something else…) and if they drop the budget or worry less about the quality of the films themselves. WB needs to stop worrying about their already enormous bottom line and focus on continuing to make the best movies they can out of HBP and both parts of DH. Their precious money will roll in if they do.

Posted by LemonFaerie on December 29, 2008, 03:04 AM report to moderator

I’m worried. I don’t want any more hp movies to be pushed back anymore! I agree with mollywobble, they need us Bad. So I don’t think dh will be pushed back, but I’m concerned about that they might not split it anymore . Thoughts?

Posted by hambro on December 29, 2008, 03:23 AM report to moderator

“I do have some concern, because the books are over, the antcipation for the movies won’t be the same”
That is the direct quote from Steve Kloves in the EW article issued at the time of HBP’s delay. He also makes a joke about it being terrible if no one turns up. My point being that there’s a lot of over reaction to this ‘story’. There’s as much chance of me becoming Pope as there is of WB abandoning the DH movies.

Posted by JimJ on December 29, 2008, 04:21 AM report to moderator

This isn’t really news. Am I the only one who remembers what Kloves actually said? Fairly certain it was in the Empire preview a few months back.

Posted by wilbo on December 29, 2008, 06:31 AM report to moderator
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