In a new article at The Independent, there is some speculation that worldwide recession woes might actually affect the Deathly Hallows two-parter. Here’s more:
The wider film industry is expecting to tighten its belt in 2009 with even blue-chip film-makers unable to raise funds. Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks company is facing a rocky new year after failing to raise the $750m it needs to produce its slate of 17 films. Some of the money was to have been provided by AIG, the insurance giant that collapsed in September. No new investor has yet emerged.
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.
Obviously, this is not good news for true Harry Potter fans. Deathly Hallows is too long and complicated to truly do justice to in just one film – it would be like trying to stuff all three “Lord of the Rings” novels into just one movie, instead of three epic films. What do you think?