When we first heard talk of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the studio was thinking of splitting the book into two separate installments, ala Kill Bill, due to the length of the novel. The filmmakers instead opted to cut the story down to fit the time constraints, which has worried some fans. Update magazine talked with director Mike Newell about the changes:

"Because we were making one, not two films, and something had to be let go, we decided the Dursleys were one of those things... We were sad about it. What's good about it being one movie is that the Tri-Wizard Tournament and Voldemort's plot to get Harry become very taut and very exciting because a lot of the purely descriptive stuff in the novel must be let go. That means the main story becomes a very tight, exciting, fast-paced thriller. Of course, what you miss are the fascinating little details which, in some cases, there just isn't room for. So it's swings and roundabouts. What can I tell you?"

Newell was the man responsible for the much-anticipated, but highly-disappointing (with exception of the acting) Mona Lisa Smile. As a fan of the series, I'm a little skeptical.
categories Cinematical