The producer behind the Harry Potter film franchise has a message for the media: Lay off Potter author J.K. Rowling about her long-awaited fifth book! It's been more than two years since the fourth edition, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, came out, and reports indicate that The Order of the Phoenix won't hit store shelves until next summer.
"There's no writers' block at all," insists David Heyman, whose second Potter film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, opens Nov. 15. "[Rowling]'s fine. She has a kid, she's pregnant, she's married; she wants to live her life.
"It gets me really riled up when everybody makes all these speculations about [her]," he continues. "She delivered four remarkable books in four years. I'm sure you can imagine the pressure on her increased with each book — come the fourth [book] she had a deadline and also the pressure of being No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 on the best-seller list."
But Heyman predicts that when Phoenix does finally rise, it'll be well worth the wait. "She's writing her book and it's going really well," he says. "I've never seen her in better form. I think when it comes, we'll all be grateful for the time that she's taken."