“Coincidentally” the news comes on Oldman’s birthday as the actor turns 48 and HPANA carry the quotes from Urbanski saying:
“I’m so relieved and happy,” said Urbanski. “I can’t put my mind in the place of the producers, but I would’ve thought that when they read the book, a call to us would’ve been very high on their list. Obviously, the character of Sirius Black is key.”
“Since they had no option for Gary on this film, he was a free agent. Last week, we told them that Gary had another movie, and it was just a question of doing a deal,” he said.
Of the negotiations this morning with producer David Heyman, Urbanski said: “It was the most mature, simple and friendly negotiation that I’ve ever done.”
“It’s a wonderful role. Gary read the script last night, and he read part of it to me on the phone this morning. The end of the story is: Gary’s in it. It’s a terrific script, and he’s so happy to be back.”
Gotta wonder how much extra money was negotiated into this contract eh?