“Harry Potter” director Chris Columbus
That is why he is for the film version of “The Cursed Child”
Chris Columbus was in the director’s chair for two “Harry Potter” films. Now he provided arguments for a cinema version of “The Cursed Child”.
Filmmaker Chris Columbus (63, “Kevin – Home Alone”) celebrated great success with the first two “Harry Potter” films, which hit the cinemas in 2001 and 2002. Shortly before the 20th birthday of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” on November 22nd, he now declared in conversation with “The Hollywood Reporter”what a film adaptation of the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” speaks for – and why he would take over the direction again.
The return of Daniel Radcliffe and Co. would be comparable to the comeback of the old “Star Wars” actors
“A version of ‘The Cursed Child’ with (Daniel Radcliffe), Rupert (Grint) and Emma (Watson) at the right age, that’s cinematic luck,” said the 63-year-old. For “film nerds or film lovers”, the idea of such a return of the cult actors is comparable to what the “Star Wars” fan community was able to experience thanks to fellow director JJ Abrams (55), who started the star saga 2015 with “Star Wars: The Awakening of the Power “revived. “If you’re a Star Wars fan, you were moved just by seeing her on screen, Harrison Ford again as Han Solo – and Chewy,” said Columbus.
The US director, who was the producer of the third “Potter” film, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004), firmly believes that fans of the book and film series will enjoy the same joy as the “Star Wars” – Younger would feel. And the idea of staging a new story about the magician seems to appeal to him too. “Seeing these adult actors in those roles again? Oh, yeah,” Columbus pointed out. “It would be a lot of fun to make this film – or two films.”
The director was already open to new “Harry Potter” films
Chris Columbus had recently caused a stir with a similar statement regarding a potential film adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. Columbus said he would love to adapt the play as a film in conversation with the industry journal “Variety”. “It’s one of my little fantasies.”
The two-part theater production, which premiered in 2016, takes place 19 years after the end of the last book by author JK Rowling (56). A film adaptation is not yet officially planned.