It looks like the planned 3-D release of the "Harry Potter" grand finale (well, the first part at least) is kaput. A press release put out on Friday states, "Warner Bros. Pictures [owned by Time Warner, the owner of CNN] has made the decision to release 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1' in 2D, in both conventional and IMAX theaters, as we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window."
This will almost certainly be a disappointment for fans of the movies, especially those who have seen the last few in IMAX 3-D. The release goes on to say, "Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality."
Earlier "Potter" releases included several scenes in 3-D for IMAX theaters, but this time trailers and ads for the film promised the entire movie in 3-D, perhaps in response to the success of "Avatar" last year.
This news could conceivably boost Disney's "Tron Legacy" and "Tangled," DreamWorks' "Megamind" and 20th Century Fox's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and "Gulliver's Travels" during the holiday movie season. All five of these will be released in 3-D, with "Tron" becoming the high-profile 3-D release of the season.
At the same time, it's hard to imagine that too many people will skip out on one of the most anticipated movies of the year, simply because it will not be in 3-D; we think the "Potter" faithful will show up to theaters to see the beginning of his final adventure in any dimension.