Thursday, January 20, 2005

Harry Potter Has a New Director

Turns out Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has a director. No, its not Alfonso Cuaron, who so brilliantly directed Prisoner of Azkaban (my third favorite movie of 2004)--its an unknown: British television director David Yates. I don't know anything he's done, but apparently Warner Bros. must have a huge heap of confidence in the man. The Harry Potter franchise is one of the most important and lucrative out there. Sounds like he's done some music videos though too--so maybe he'll bring something visually interesting to the table. The movie has a new screenwriter too: the guy who wrote that Peter Pan movie a few years back, and the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are (directed by Spike Jonze). Hopefully, he does a good job. I'm guessing that it will just be one film despite the book's massive length. Some heavy duty editing will have to happen. We'll keep our eye on this one.


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