Steven Spielberg Recalls His Early Involvement with the Harry Potter films

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Jan 09, 2012

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Digital Spy has published excerpts from an interview director Steven Spielberg gave regarding his early involvement with the development of the first Harry Potter film. Spielberg told BBC Breakfast that he was given the opportunity to direct the Harry Potter films, and worked on developing the series for 5 to 6 months with screenwriter Steve Kloves before dropping out.

“I just felt that I wasn’t ready to make an all-kids movie and my kids
thought I was crazy. And the books were by that time popular, so when I
dropped out, I knew it was going to be a phenomenon.

“But, you
know I don’t make movies because they’re gonna to be phenomenons. I make
movies because they have to touch me in a way that really commits me to
a year, two years, three years of work.”

Warner Bros president Alan Horn confirmed in 2010 that Spielberg had been offered the position, but explained that he did not share the filmmaker’s wish to combine some of the books and to make an animated series.





20 Responses to Steven Spielberg Recalls His Early Involvement with the Harry Potter films

Avatar Imageamelia 1-2-3- says: I AM FIRST!!!!!! i claim this spot!! hehe lol just kidding!! but i am first...:)Avatar Imageamelia 1-2-3- says: i must disagree with spielberg!!! harry potter is amazing!! and he is just jealous!!!!!! its obvious!!!:) lol Avatar Imagerealspace says: I know that Jo has said that her contract with Warner specifies that they could only produce work from the books. No adapting the characters for cartoons or "holiday specials", which was a brilliant move. However, having seen Tintin last weekend I would love to see that level of quality put to adapting the books in more detail than was available in the movies. As for Spielberg, he is one of my very favorite directors, but I think he was not right as a director for a series such as this. I think he made the right decision.Avatar ImageCloakKnight says: I'm so relieved they didn't go this route. HP wouldn't be the same Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Spielberg is freaking crazy! Thank Merlin her didnt direct HP or I do believe he would have ruined it! Combine the books? Animated series? I shudder to think. He's a great director dont get me wrong, and I love many of him movies, but he was just not right for this. British directors, even if we had to go through three to find the first one, was what was need to make HP as amazing as it was.Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: He could only see the difficulties in making the first movie and did not try hard enough to realize it. Spielberg does not have the tenacity of Jo Rowling, the two (original) Davids, Kloves and Stuart Craig. I have seen a lot of Spielberg films and I don't always understand the adulation. There are better directors out there.Avatar Imagezaucwrkexun says: I agree there are better directors out there. I can't imagine the films being any different than how they are so I'm he didn't direct it! No offence.Avatar Imagezaucwrkexun says: I meant to say I'm glad he didn't direct it. :)Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: I agree. Spielberg would've been a poor match. He could not have sublimated his own 'auteur' ego to the integrity of the books themselves, especially since he wasn't in love with them to begin with. He supposedly had a burning passion for decades to film Tintin, and I wasn't impressed with the result at all. Look how far the HP directors deviated from the books, even when they claimed to be honoring them. Spielberg would have seen the canon as just a franchise, and the results would've been far worse, I fear.Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: weenyOwl: They did deviate from the books, but they are deviations greenlighted by Jo. Spielberg's ideas did not get any ideas greenlighted by Jo and thank God, never got to direct the first film. Funny though, I think his kids are more in love with Harry Potter. ;-)Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Disaster averted... Hoo-Ray!Avatar Imagecrikeyhunter says: I love Spielberg to death... he' sin my top 3 directors of all time.... but I'm so glad with they way the Potter directors went... excellent job! Don't forget to watch Dan on SNL this weekend!!Avatar Imagesessionka says: I agree with everything said about Spielberg so far. He's good, but he would have been WRONG for Harry Potter. I heard that Jo was somewhat horrified by his initial ideas. I heard he initially wanted Haley Joel Osment for Harry. He's a wonderful child actor, but he's no Dan/Harry.Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: I'm not sure if I like this guy. O.o But hey, everyone's entitled to their own opinion.Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Of course we can't imagine the films being any different but I know I wouldn't have liked his idea of the way it was to be directed. Plus he wanted this American kid to voice Harry, which would have ruined it. I think the kid was in that ghost film and says "I see dead people"Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Of course we can't imagine the films being any different but I know I wouldn't have liked his idea of the way it was to be directed. Plus he wanted this American kid to voice Harry, which would have ruined it. I think the kid was in that ghost film and says "I see dead people"Avatar Imagelovelle says: That's sad... but still, the movies turned out so well! But truthfully, I really can't imagine him as a director...Avatar Imagelovelle says: for Harry Potter, I mean...Avatar Imagehorcruxhunter7 says: I like Spielberg but i think that he was sooo wise to say no to HP- It wouldn't be as good!Avatar Imagesidnandragin says: I think that Speilberg pulled out 9 so wrong) because he would have to in control and in the case of this franchise he would have been mismatched. Of course he would have done some things differently but who knows what could have happened!

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