Next Harry Potter Film Release Pushed Back
Posted on Fri Aug 15, 2008 06:57 AM PDT

Harry Potter harrypotter200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Warner Bros. has moved the release date of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blooded Prince" from Nov. 21 to July 17 due to what Warners president Alan Horn describes as fallout from the Writers' Guild strike.

Horn said, "We are still feeling the repercussions of the writers strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films -- changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of. We agreed the best strategy was to move 'Half-Blood Prince' to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tentpole release for midsummer," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The move is also said to reflect studio execs' belief that summer is the best time for tentpole releases.

The last Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" made $292 million in domestic box office receipts, making it the second-highest grossing film in the franchise's history, after the 2001 original.

"Half-Blood" brings the six book in the Harry Potter to the big screen. It is being directed by David Yates and post-production on the film has wrapped, according to the studio.

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