How long will the ''Harry Potter'' sequels be?
At 734 pages, the film of ''Goblet of Fire'' could require an intermission
If you’re just beginning to get feeling back in your legs after sitting through the 2-hour-and-29-minute adaptation of the 309-page novel ”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the following figures will not please you. Based on the same page-to-minute ratio, this means that ”Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” at 341 pages, would result in a 2-hour-and-44-minute movie (the film is now in production for release next November). ”Prisoner of Azkaban” (435 pages) would clock in at 3 hours and 30 minutes, and ”Goblet of Fire” would have to include catered meals in the ticket price: At 734 pages, the adaptation would last for 5 hours and 54 minutes.
”Potter” producer David Heyman admits this might be a bit much for even the hardiest ”Harry” fans, adding that he and director Chris Columbus have ”talked about making two films [from the fourth novel] — and Warner Brothers would kill me for saying it — but releasing one in November, having a cliff-hanger, and carrying into December.” Sounds like a good plan. Otherwise, he’d better be prepared to carry us out of the theater.
Reporting by Mari Cartel and William Keck