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Warner Bros. nixes 3D Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 will not be released in 3D.

WB has nixed the 3D conversion of the film, citing its inability to complete a successful 2D-to-3D conversion in time for its November 19, 2010 release date:

The studio said Friday that when “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” arrives in theaters on Nov. 19, it will be in 2D, in both conventional theaters and Imax theaters, but that “we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window.”

In a statement, the studio said: “Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey.”

Director David Yates added: “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.” While producer David Heyman said, “For 10 years, we have worked alongside [Warners president] Alan Horn and the studio, whose priority has always been to preserve the integrity of Jo Rowling’s books as we have adapted them to the screen, and this decision reflects that commitment.”

WB still plans on releasing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 in both 2D and 3D when it hits theaters on July 15, 2011.