Harry Potter delayed 'til summer 2009; Bolt and Twilight step up (updated)

I love you, Emma Watson.

Valkyrie isn’t the only movie shifting release dates this week. As the Bryan Singer/Tom Cruise WW2 pic moves into the Christmas holiday, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been delayed almost eight months, until July 17, 2009, from its previous date of November 21. The new date places it opposite Universal Pictures’ Land of the Lost starring Will Ferrell.

According to Coming Soon, Warner Bros. explained that the move was due to “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 tent pole release for mid-summer.” I call bullshit; I blame Voldemort.

Disney has quickly capitalized on the new Potter date by shifting its CG animated flick Bolt up five days to November 21.

Update (8/16/08): Screening Log reports that the Twilight adaptation has jumped back from December 12 to November 21 to help fill the Potter void, as well. Bolt undoubtedly skews a little younger than Twilight (and probably Potter, too), but chance are the two films will split the weekend.

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Posted on August 14, 2008 at 15:05 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Liam Kruger
    on 2008-08-19 at 04:58
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    Bull. Warner made so much money with that over-successful Dark Knight that it didn’t make any sense to release another sure-fire moneymaker in the same year, particularly when 2009 looks like it could be something of a dry spell. It’s perfectly understandable, but it’d be nice if they could call a turd a turd.

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