Rumor has it that Warner Bros. might break the final HP novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, into two movies according to this article in The Mail:
The books got progressively longer – the first, the Philosopher’s Stone, had 223 pages while Deathly Hallows has 776 – and fans have complained chunks of later novels have been left out of films.
A film source said: “There’s so much to fit that the view is the last movie should be in two halves. There is a huge battle when Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe, takes on Voldemort that needs to be done really well.”
And Ms Rowling points out on her website: “It is simply impossible to incorporate every storyline into a film under four hours long.”
At Warner Bros, who are rumoured to be thinking of Oscars and a big-name director such as Steven Spielberg for the final film, a spokesman said:
“People are discussing all possibilities.”
I’d be up for a two-parter finale, though I don’t know if Spielberg would be my first choice for directing it. Much more interesting would be director Guillermo del Toro, who was originally picked to direct The Prisoner of Azkaban (Alfonso Cuarόn ended up directing it instead), who has said that he’d love to be able to direct the final Potter story:
“I’m definitely interested,” he insisted, “now that the movies have grown darker. They have a contrast between the gloomy existence of the kid and the world he’s exposed to. They have evolved into a really nice universe.”
At one time, Del Toro’s name was mentioned to direct the third film, The Prisoner of Azkaban, which ultimately went to his good friend Alfonso Cuarόn and is still generally recognized as tops amongst critics and adults. Back in October, he informed MTV Budapest that Deathly Hallows was more to his liking, saying “I’m up to be the one who kills twenty guys.” Well then, he gets my vote. Not only does the material play to del Toro’s strong suits, but he seems to have a genuine passion and festering vision for it.
“I got [’Deathly Hallows’] for my daughter and she was like ‘When are you going to give it to me?’” he smiled. “I read it and I was very moved by the ending. It ends very much like a Dickens novel.”
Now that sounds like someone with a real interest in directing the film and he’s certainly capable of handling the darker tone of the story.