Perhaps Voldemort is to blame, but Warner Bros. Pictures has made the decision to release Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 in 2D, in both conventional and IMAX theaters, as they will not have a completed 3D version of the film within their release date window.
In a statement released by Warner Bros., they state that, "despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey, and to that end, we are releasing our film day-and-date on November 19, 2010 as planned. We, in alignment with our filmmakers, believe this is the best course to take in order to ensure that our audiences enjoy the consummate 'Harry Potter' experience."
Producer David Heyman said, "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."
Director David Yates continued, "This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first."
Don't fret too much, 3D fans. The studio still plans to have the second installment, due out July 15, 2011, available in both conventional 2D and 3D versions as well as in IMAX.
What do you think of this decision to keep it in 2D? Does it any way affect your plans to see the film?