Original Harry Potter director Chris Columbus said before he left he initially expected to direct all films in the series.
Chris Columbus says at one point he believed he would be sitting in the director’s chair for every movie in the original Harry potter series.
Columbus, who performed 2001’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (known as Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone in the United States) and the years 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, recently sat down for an interview with The AV Club. Columbus says he initially thought he would lead each Potter movie, although plans changed after he underestimated how much the first two should cost him.
“Yeah, because at the time I thought I would lead the seven, not realizing how exhausting doing the first two would be – physically, mentally, not seeing my family,” Columbus explained. (in particular, the original Harry potter author JK Rowling‘s book series consists of seven novels, although the series’ final entry, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was split into two parts during its film adaptation, bringing the total number of Potter movies up to eight.) According to Columbus, the idea that he would direct the entire series is what influenced the amount of effort he put into developing the distinct look and feel of the School of Witchcraft and Hogwarts witchcraft.
Following the release of Chamber of Secrets, Columbus chose not to return live Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, released in 2004. Prisoner of azkaban was instead directed by Alfonso Cuarón, although Columbus remained committed to the film as a producer. Prisoner of azkaban is notable for making significant changes to the look of Hogwarts – expanding established locations, adding new ones, and introducing a distinctly darker aesthetic than what has been seen in films made by Columbus.
The fourth Harry potter cinema, 2005s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was directed by Mike Newell. David Yates would then take the helm of the last four films in the series: 2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the 2010s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Yates arguably went on to become the Wizarding World’s most synonymous director, ultimately returning to helm the 2016 Harry potter derivative / prequel film fantastic beasts and where to find them and its suite 2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Yates also directs the Fantastic beasts third film in the series, Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore, which is currently scheduled for release in April. Meanwhile, a special celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Harry potter the film series is slated for release on HBO Max on January 1.
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Source: The AV Club
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