Last week we learned that, despite director Louis Leterrier's statements to the contrary, Warner Bros was going ahead with tests to determine whether or not a 3-D release for "Clash of the Titans" was a viable option. Those tests have apparently gone well. Very well. In fact, WB is so encouraged by what they're seeing that things are now in motion for another of their big franchises.
The news now is that both parts of the final installment of "Harry Potter" -- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" -- will hit theaters in 3-D, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As you might imagine, "Clash" is also going to get the 3-D release that many were hoping for. There's not been an official announcement as of yet, but THR's Heat Vision blog expects "Clash" to be confirmed by the week's end and "Potter" soon afterwards.
Part of the reason WB is willing to take the step with "Clash" so close to release is the conversion cost, which reportedly runs just $5 million. That's nothing when you're talking about a $100 million-plus budgeted movie. "Clash" also isn't coming out as soon anymore if Heat Vision's report is accurate; the plan now is to release the film a week later, on April 2. The two "Potter" flicks are still on track for November 19, 2010 and July 15, 2011 releases for part one and part two, respectively.