LOS ANGELES, March 13 (UPI) -- British director David Yates said he is honored to have been chosen to film the final installments in the "Harry Potter" movie franchise.
Yates also helmed "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and is now in production on "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
Warner Bros. announced Thursday that J.K. Rowling's seventh and final book would be broken into two movies to be filmed by Yates and released in 2010 and 2011.
"I've had great pleasure working with a tremendous cast and crew thus far," Yates said. "It's a wonderful world to work in and be part of and to create within, and I consider it a great privilege to continue to bring Jo's extraordinary world to the screen, and to be the director to complete this epic and exhilarating journey."
"It has been an honor for our studio to be entrusted with bringing J.K. Rowling's extraordinary book series to the screen, and we have always felt a great responsibility to be true to her vision," added Jeff Robinov, president of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group. "We could not imagine the final chapter of the film franchise being in better hands than those of David Yates."