Harry Potter 3 starts shooting

Press Release Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

``Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'' Commences Production for Warner Bros. Pictures and P of A Productions
Thursday February 20, 12:15 pm ET
Gary Oldman, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon, David Thewlis, Pam Ferris and Paul Whitehouse Join All-Star Ensemble Cast

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 20, 2003-- Warner Bros. Pictures' highly anticipated film, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," will commence principal photography in Leavesden, England, on February 24, it was announced today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

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Renowned actors Gary Oldman ("Hannibal"), Timothy Spall ("Nicholas Nickleby"), Michael Gambon ("Gosford Park"), David Thewlis ("Timeline"), Pam Ferris ("Mathilda") and Paul Whitehouse (star of the BBC's "The Fast Show") have joined the esteemed ensemble cast of the film, which is being directed by Academy Award nominee Alfonso Cuaron ("Y Tu Mama Tambien," "Great Expectations," "A Little Princess") and produced by David Heyman, Chris Columbus and Mark Radcliffe.

The executive producers of the film are Michael Barnathan ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"(a), "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets") and Callum McDougall ("Die Another Day"). The screenplay is by Steve Kloves ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"(a), "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets").

In "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione return as teenagers to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for their third year of study, where they delve into the mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who poses a dangerous threat to the young wizard.

"We couldn't be more excited about `Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' being in the hands of such a relentlessly imaginative director as Alfonso Cuaron, and are thrilled about the new actors he has assembled to join our already established cast," said David Heyman.

"To be entrusted with such rich and beloved material, and given the opportunity to collaborate with this extraordinary cast and crew on the next Harry Potter adventure is an honor," Alfonso Cuaron said. "I look forward to bringing this intricate story to the screen and sharing it with film audiences around the world."

"I'm so proud to have been involved in this truly amazing film series, both as a director and a producer," added Chris Columbus. "I look forward to seeing it grow as Alfonso and the cast and crew further our imaginations with their truly inspired work."

In "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," Gary Oldman plays Sirius Black, the eponymous prisoner whose escape is thought to pose a great threat to Harry Potter; Michael Gambon plays the role of Professor Dumbledore, Hogwarts' venerable headmaster; Timothy Spall portrays Peter Pettigrew, an old friend of Harry's father, James Potter, from their days at Hogwarts; David Thewlis plays Professor Lupin, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor who harbors a mysterious secret; Pam Ferris plays Harry's overbearing Aunt Marge; and Paul Whitehouse portrays Sir Caddogan, a Knight who becomes the temporary guardian of Gryffindor Tower.

Reprising their roles from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" are Daniel Radcliffe in the title role; Emma Watson as Hermione Granger; Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley; Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid; David Bradley as Argus Filch; Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy; Richard Griffiths as Uncle Vernon Dursley; Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge; Alan Rickman as Professor Snape; Fiona Shaw as Aunt Petunia Dursley; Dame Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall; Julie Walters as Mrs. Weasley; and Mark Williams as Mr. Weasley.

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," a Warner Bros. Pictures and P of A production, will be distributed worldwide in 2004 by Warner Bros. Pictures, an AOL Time Warner Company.

I''m curious what a new director will bring to the series. I enjoyed the first two, but thought there was something lacking? Maybe it''s just that they came out around the time of the LOTR movies and didn''t quite hold up compared to those masterpieces.

Anyway I look forward to it, but I''m sorrry to see the release date move to summer from fall. They made really nice holiday movies to go see IMHO.

well the 3rd book is where the story really gets going.

Too true, and with Gary Oldman in it all is set for another winnar! Had a great time with the second movie although it was a bit slow at times.

Did he injure anyone? Ha-Ha! Get it? Because... shooting... Oh.

I''m pretty curious about how the director does. He has what I consider a great movie (Great Expectations) under his belt, but I just don''t see him doing Harry Potter. From what I''ve seen in his interviews, he''s very pretentious.

I don''t know, to me it seems that this series doesn''t need one of them ''true to the book'' directors in the old sense of the words. I think the second movie''s biggest downfall was that is way waaay too tied to the book. They have to let go of the storyline at least a little bit if they want to edit the third book, which is a behemoth compared to the second, for use as a possible script. No way they can do this one like they did the first two...

I had to hit IMDB to look up some of the actors they announced, since I had no idea who they were. I''m sure the new movie will be fine. A new director could be good, since the 3rd book iswhere things start to go a little darker.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead - best Gary Oldman movie ever!

So true, the 3rd book is the best out of the 4 in my opinion and will be a highly entertaining movie.