Warner Bros has confirmed that the screen adaptation of JK Rowling’s final Harry Potter book will be released in two parts, with David Yates returning to helm both instalments.
The first part will open in the winter of 2010 with the saga finally concluded in the following summer. All principal cast members are expected to return and no creative license is expected with the titles of the films (they will be called Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part One and Two respectively).
Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros Picture Group, defended the decision by saying “We recognised that Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows is packed with vital plot points that complete the story arcs of all its beloved characters. We feel that the best way to do the book and its many fans justice is to expand the screen adaptation and release the film in two parts. We could not imagine the final chapter of the film franchise being in better hands than those of David Yates.”
David Yates is currently finishing work on the sixth film in the series, Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince, having worked on the previous instalment, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix.