IMAX seeks replacement for next Hogwarts adventure

Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
After yesterday’s announcement that the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been moved to July 2009, IMAX Corp, which has a day and date release contract to screen the movie on its large format screens, confirmed it is already exploring alternative titles for this year’s holiday season.

In a statement, the company said ‘it was confident it will secure a solid film for the IMAX theatre network’.

Having a limited number of screens worldwide, the company is very selective in how many movies it screens, so losing the Harry Potter film for this holiday leaves a large gap in its slate.

According to trade reports, the three month Hollywood writers’ strike, which brought filming on all major projects to a standstill over Christmas and into the New Year, has led to production problems on the Potter project.

Here are some Film Fetish-picked candidates for replacement of the Hogwarts tale:

  • Max Payne (Release Date: October 17, 2008)
    Come on, who doesn’t want to see Mark Wahlberg blow someone’s dick off on a screen six stories tall.
  • Quantum of Solace (Release Date: November 7, 2008)
    Enough of this candy-coated action on IMAX. It’s time for some ass-kickin’, world-travelin’, womanizing, spy flicks.
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (Release Date: December 12, 2008)
    Certainly a more realistic candidate, the previews on this film have been great, and the visuals certainly lend themselves to the format.
  • The Spirit (Release Date: December 25, 2008)
    I’m rooting for Frank Miller’s foray into directing as much as any of these pics. He’s the man.
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