Harry Potter Movie Shortened To Avoid Grindhouse Failure
Reported by Jay Cochran - 12:22 PM 2007.04.12
HARRY POTTER movie makers are trimming the next installment of the fantasy franchise, fearful it's too long and will turn movie goers off.
Following the failure of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez double-bill Grindhouse, which is more than three hours long, studio bosses at Warner Bros have ordered director David Yates to cut the running time of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix.
Star Daniel Radcliffe insists the cuts are a positive thing, and fans will still be happy with the finished film. He says, "People should be able to let that go. You can still read the book and the film is chock-full of stuff. The fans will be pleased."
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
July 13 - In Theatres and IMAX
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Director: David Yates
Writers: Screenplay by Michael Goldenberg, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
Producers: David Heyman, David Barron
Executive Producer: Lionel Wigram
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters
Fantasy. In "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community has been denied the truth about the teenager’s recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort. Fearing that Hogwarts’ venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is lying about Voldemort’s return in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge’s Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves “Dumbledore’s Army,” Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.