We’ve long known that critically acclaimed director Steven Spielberg was involved with the Harry Potter franchise early on, but now we’re learning some interesting new details.
The below comments were revealed by Warner Brothers President Alan Horn in an interview with The Los Angeles Times:
“I did think it would be worthwhile for Steven Spielberg to direct,” Horn said. “We offered it to him. But one of the notions of Dreamworks’ and Steven’s was, ‘Let’s combine a couple of the books, let’s make it animated,’ and that was because of the [visual effects and] Pixar had demonstrated that animated movies could be extremely successful. Because of the wizardry involved, they were very effects-laden. So I don’t blame them. But I did not want to combine the movies, and I wanted it to be live action.”
We love Spielberg, but a live action version of the films was a much, much better choice!