Hey all you 3-D haters, you’re in luck. The first part of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows will not be in 3-D. Warner Bros. announced today that the 3-D conversion of the first installment of the final chapter would not be completed in time. “We do not want to disappoint fans who have long anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey,” said the statement. As such, Part 1 will only be in conventional and IMAX theaters.
The move should be applauded as Warner Bros. is the studio behind Clash of the Titans, the Sam Worthington-starrer released in 3-D earlier this year. The movie was one of the first to adopt a post-production 3-D conversion process that was highly criticized in the press and became a poster child for all things wrong with the new technology. It’s clear the studio doesn’t want to be criticized again for another rushed conversion. Director David Yates will now have the time to turn Part 2, which bows July 15, 2011, into a 3-D spectacle worthy of the billion-dollar franchise.
Part 1 of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows opens worldwide on November 19, 2010.