“Harry Potter” producer David Heyman was recently out doing press for Holocaust drama “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” and spoke extensively with Coming Soon about the now infamous delay of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” from November 2008 to July 2009.
The most interesting comment though confirms that despite the delay, the film would’ve been ready to go next month – “The film’s done. We’re just mixing and there’s a slight tweak we’re going to do but actually, if the film was coming out tomorrow, we’d have done it but we have the time.”
Don’t expect early screenings though over the next six months – “One of the issues that’s come up is security so we are not putting a married print together. We’re keeping all the elements separate until we start to make the prints, which will be six weeks before the movie comes out. Piracy is such a huge issue.”
The delay he says is purely a studio decision – “I would love the film to come out in November; we would have been ready, but the fact is partly because of the writers strike and for whatever reason, Warners didn’t have any movies next summer… Warners has been really good to us. They’ve given us lots of money and lots of independence. It defies belief how much independence we have on these films… They’ve been so supportive that one has to support… they needed it. It’s a film business.”
Short of a mid-shoot break to do a week of publicity on the sixth film, it hasn’t affected the shooting of the final two movies that will make up “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. Filming on that begins in February.