And I'm not just talking about construction inside Universal Studios Florida. British media are reporting that the stars of the Harry Potter films are working at the Warner Bros studios in Leavesden shooting footage for the new Harry Potter rides in Florida and California.
Uh, California? Japan? (Cue the record scratch.)
We've known that the Gringotts coaster that will be the centerpiece of the Diagon Alley land that's under construction at USF would need new film footage as part of the ride. (Concept art suggests that it will make the first appearance by Voldemort in one of the Harry Potter attractions.) But the reference to Universal Studios Hollywood's Wizarding World in the story leads one to wonder if California will be getting the Gringotts coaster in lieu of or perhaps in addition to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride that's housed in Hogwarts Castle at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure. Or if California's getting something completely different, instead. Same for Japan. (*The post has been updated to include the USJ reference.)
(Thanks to reader Duncan Henny for the tip.)Tweet
I would love to be proven wrong though!
So far, to me it looks like the new Gringott's ride will be cheaper to build and maintain. The robot arms and specialized (crazy rotating wagon wheel) screen systems in FJ have got to be more expensive to maintain (moving projectors probably need more calibration and tweaking vs stationary projectors like that of spiderman, transformers, or apparently gringotts). Even the shear number of projectors needed for FJ is staggering when you think about it.
Disney doesn't build the same castle in multiple parks, so why should Universal? I'm probably just being greedy and want to keep it all to myself here in Florida.
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" Helena Bonham Carter is said to be among the cast currently filming and will apparently reprise her role as Bellatrix Lestrange.The short feature will reportedly be shown at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
It will also be made available at two new parks currently under construction, one of which will open in California in 2014 and another in Japan in 2016."
edit to add link. http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/harry-potter-cast-reunite-for-secret-film/story-e6frfmvr-1226534811706