Thursday, December 31, 2009

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an upcoming two-part fantasy film adapted from the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling and scheduled to be released on November 19, 2010 (Part I) and July 15, 2011 (Part II).

The two movies, Part I and II, will be the final installments in the Harry Potter film series. Both parts are written by Steve Kloves, who wrote all but the fifth film, and directed by David Yates, who directed the previous two films. David Heyman and David Barron are producing both parts. Production shooting began in February 2009 and is expected to end in May 2010.

On December 24, 2009, Warner Bros. released a short synopsis of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I:

The final chapter of the Harry Potter film series begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave Hogwarts behind and set out to find and destroy the Horcruxes, the secret to Voldemort's power and immortality

The decision to divide Rowling's final book into a two-part movie came from the original declined proposal to split Goblet of Fire back in 2004. Deathly Hallows is being shot back to back,and treated as if it were one film.The idea to split the book into a two-part movie had been around since the middle of 2007, but only came into serious consideration after producer David Heyman was able to talk to writer Steve Kloves when the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike ended and Heyman had Rowling's approval. As of April 2009, Kloves began working on the script for the second part.

According to Warner Bros. executive Alan F. Horn it will allow "an extra hour and a half to celebrate what this franchise has been and do justice to all the words and ideas in the amazing story."Heyman described the workings behind the split: "Deathly Hallows is so rich, the story so dense and there is so much that is resolved that, after discussing it with [Rowling], we came to the conclusion that two parts were needed." Kloves was not able to start work on the script until the WGA strike ended.

Before David Yates was officially chosen to direct the film, others had expressed an interest in the job. Alfonso Cuarón, director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, had said that he would be "tempted" to return to direct.[11] Guillermo del Toro, who passed on Prisoner of Azkaban, had expressed interest in directing Deathly Hallows,but an increased workload over the production of The Hobbit ruled him out of the project.

Heyman noted that the films will be a closer recreation of the books than the previous films because of the length a two-part adaptation entails.Daniel Radcliffe said: "This is a road movie, particularly in Part One of the film. People have been so used to seeing Harry Potter at Hogwarts and we're just not there for the first part of the film. That seems to have really freshened things up, and hopefully will get people seeing the films with fresh eyes again, because its just a totally different look when you're not just sat in the same room the whole time."

Although Yates had retained composer Nicholas Hooper for Half-Blood Prince, Hooper has confirmed he will not be returning for the Deathly Hallows.In July 2009, John Williams, composer of the first three films' scores, said that he will return as long as it fits with his schedule.

Yates and Heyman have noted that some of the events of this film had an effect on the way the sixth film was written.

Pre-production began on January 26, 2009, and filming began on February 19, 2009 at Leavesden Studios, where the previous six films had been shot, and Pinewood Studios. Eduardo Serra is the cinematographer.Yates said that the film will be shot "with loads of hand-held cameras. I want to shake things up every time I go into this world. I like experimenting as we go along."The shoot will take a projected 250 days.As of October 2009, Ralph Fiennes is filming his role as Lord Voldemort. Many of the adult actors are also to begin filming this month.

During production at Leavesden, Radcliffe's stunt double David Holmes suffered a serious spinal injury during filming of an aerial sequence, which left him paralyzed. Holmes fell to the ground following an explosion which was part of the stunt.

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