The 3D revolution took a big hit over the weekend when Warner Bros. announced that the highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I will not be released in 3D, but rather in 2D and IMAX only. Somewhere off in Pandora, James Cameron just shed a tear.
While the film was originally planned to premiere in 3D, filmmakers said there was not enough time to convert the entire film by November 19. Director David Yates comments, “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”
If you’re a film geek like me, you see exactly what WB is saying. They are essentially giving the middle finger to this entire 3D movement by not giving in to industry pressures just to turn a profit. There have been some fantastic-looking 3D films in recent history, like Avatar and Beowulf. And then there are films like Clash of the Titans, which came out as a hot mess because post-production rushed to get the film out in 3D.
WB is not stupid. This is motherfucking Harry Potter we’re talking about! This film will make a billion dollars even if Emma Watson gets replaced with a stick figure. They would never risk sacrificing months of blood, sweat, and tears to put out a film that was subpar in quality just to satisfy a trend that will get old quickly.
However, WB still has plans to release Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II in 3D. So for everyone concerned that you won’t get to see the battle between Harry and Voldemort in all its epic, eye-popping glory, rest easy.