'Goblet of Fire' to be a single movie

  August 12, 2003 at 10:22 PM ET
  grae     The Leaky Cauldron (via E! Online News)

Sharp-eyed readers at The Leaky Cauldronopens in new window noticed the following paragraph in a E! Online Newsopens in new window announcing Mike Newell's appointment as director for Goblet of Fire.

Afraid of alienating die-hard Muggles by cutting scenes, the studio and scribe initially had talked about breaking the [Goblet of Fire] book into two separate films to be released in the same calendar year, à la The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, but Warners has now opted for a single movie.

The question now, of course, is: exactly how long a single movie?

UPDATE: According to CBBC Newsroundopens in new window:

Sources say Steve Kloves, who adapted the first three books, has been asked to make a single two-and-a-half-hour film.

Also - regarding the casting of the trio, the next paragraph in the article reads:

A rep for Warners said the studio will likely bring back the franchise's aging kid stars -- Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint -- for the fourth adventure, but it's possible filmmakers may decide to recast. A separate announcement regarding those roles will be made soon.

Finally, the story claims Mike Newell, the chosen director for the fourth movie, will make $1 million for his efforts. A far cry from Daniel Radcliffe's estimated $3 million salaryopens in new window on Chamber of Secrets and fellow fantasy film creator Peter Jackson's $20 million payoutopens in new window for doing the remake of King Kongopens in new window (slated for release in 2005), but still very respectible.


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