Earlier this week, Warner Bros. announced that it was axing the planned 3D conversion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Could this be the beginning of the end for the 3D trend? Probably not, but I find it really interesting that a major studio with a huge guaranteed blockbuster on their hands has decided not to go for the few extra bucks that a 3D release could pull in. Here’s a blurb:
Director David Yates comments, “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.” Producer David Heyman added, “For 10 years, we have worked alongside Alan Horn and the studio, whose priority has always been to preserve the integrity of Jo Rowling’s books as we have adapted them to the screen, and this decision reflects that commitment.”
This decision was also made in part because a full 3D conversion would have delayed the film by a month or two, and Warner Bros. wants to keep their November release date. Good on them! I’ve never had a big problem with 3D, although it is definitely being overused without any forethought being thrown into it, but I think that if a movie is good, it should be able to stand without the help of the third dimension. Whether that will be the case with the first of the last Harry Potter movies is a different story, but I really appreciate that Warner Bros. doesn’t see 3D as a necessity. Props to you guys, Brothers Warner.