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Baz Luhrmann calls himself an idiot for turning down the chance to direct a Harry Potter film

May. 24, 2013by: Niki Stephens
Not sure how many of you went out to see THE GREAT GATSBY when it released, but my Facebook feed was filled with some rather harsh reviews of the flick. Most saying that F. Scott Fitzgerald's book was just not meant for the big screen. One novel that shone brightly in theaters-- HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE was once offered to director Baz Luhrmann.

The director revealed this during his appearance on THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW:

"The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, 'What's that?' And said, 'Well that sounds interesting, but I'm thinking of doing a reinvention of the modern musical', and that was Moulin Rouge."

Then quickly added:

"So I'm an obvious idiot, because I should have taken Harry Potter."

The job eventually went to Chris Columbus, and the rest is history. Would you have rather seen Harry Potter done by Luhrmann or keep MOULIN ROUGE?

Source: Digital Spy

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10:00AM on 05/27/2013

He still could.

All they need to do is get the whole cast back for another one....oh yeah and get J.K. To pen another novel. Shouldn't be too hard.
All they need to do is get the whole cast back for another one....oh yeah and get J.K. To pen another novel. Shouldn't be too hard.
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10:02AM on 05/27/2013
Mind you I can think of 10 other directors who should be in line before Bazza.
Mind you I can think of 10 other directors who should be in line before Bazza.
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8:13PM on 05/25/2013
Both Harry Potter 1 by Columbus and Moulin Rouge by Luhrmann are among my dearest movie memories of 2001, so everything turned out very good.
Both Harry Potter 1 by Columbus and Moulin Rouge by Luhrmann are among my dearest movie memories of 2001, so everything turned out very good.
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6:03PM on 05/25/2013
He should of at the time, because I hated Moulin Rouge. I for one watched Shakespeare in Love directly before Moulin Rouge, and it felt too much like a copy cat in a way. But Chris Columbus made a fantastic first Harry Potter Film, so there.
He should of at the time, because I hated Moulin Rouge. I for one watched Shakespeare in Love directly before Moulin Rouge, and it felt too much like a copy cat in a way. But Chris Columbus made a fantastic first Harry Potter Film, so there.
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1:32PM on 05/25/2013

Michel Phelps to play the creature

Wouldn't need anything but green water proof body paint to play the part, save a ton on prostetics!
Wouldn't need anything but green water proof body paint to play the part, save a ton on prostetics!
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1:29PM on 05/25/2013

Creature from the Black Lagoon

I'd love to see his eye and sense of style on that project!
I'd love to see his eye and sense of style on that project!
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4:04PM on 05/25/2013
Was he offered that?
Was he offered that?
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2:16AM on 05/25/2013

I am glad he passed on this

Luhrman's all style and know substance. He knows how to make a heck of a spectacle, but the actual storytelling and character development is not his strong suit, and those are the things that really made the better Potter films work so well.
Luhrman's all style and know substance. He knows how to make a heck of a spectacle, but the actual storytelling and character development is not his strong suit, and those are the things that really made the better Potter films work so well.
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2:08AM on 05/25/2013

I am glad he passed on this

Luhrman's all style and know substance. He knows how to make a heck of a spectacle, but the actual storytelling and character development is not his strong suit, and those are the things that really made the better Potter films work so well.
Luhrman's all style and know substance. He knows how to make a heck of a spectacle, but the actual storytelling and character development is not his strong suit, and those are the things that really made the better Potter films work so well.
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2:05AM on 05/25/2013

I am glad he passed on this

Luhrman's all style and know substance. He knows how to make a heck of a spectacle, but the actual storytelling and character development is not his strong suit, and those are the things that really made the better Potter films work so well.
Luhrman's all style and know substance. He knows how to make a heck of a spectacle, but the actual storytelling and character development is not his strong suit, and those are the things that really made the better Potter films work so well.
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2:04AM on 05/25/2013

I am glad he passed on this

Luhrman's all style and know substance. He knows how to make a heck of a spectacle, but the actual storytelling and character development is not his strong suit, and those are the things that really made the better Potter films work so well.
Luhrman's all style and know substance. He knows how to make a heck of a spectacle, but the actual storytelling and character development is not his strong suit, and those are the things that really made the better Potter films work so well.
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9:02PM on 05/24/2013
Azkaban aside, Gatsby was a million times more vibrant and film-literate than any of those Potter clunkers. It's possible to stick too closely to the book, you know.
Azkaban aside, Gatsby was a million times more vibrant and film-literate than any of those Potter clunkers. It's possible to stick too closely to the book, you know.
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2:02AM on 05/25/2013
It was bright and shiny but Azkaban, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hollows all had better scripts and characters that I was more invested in. Fitzgerald did NOT consider Gatsby to be his greatest work, and rightly so, it still could have made for a great film but would have required a level of subtlety and subdued emotion that Luhrman failed to provide.
It was bright and shiny but Azkaban, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hollows all had better scripts and characters that I was more invested in. Fitzgerald did NOT consider Gatsby to be his greatest work, and rightly so, it still could have made for a great film but would have required a level of subtlety and subdued emotion that Luhrman failed to provide.
2:32PM on 05/25/2013
"all had better scripts and characters "
and this has what to do with the director exactly? (Hint: Nothing)
Anyway, I would call Baz an idiot because Moulin Rouge was his masterpiece (And actually the only movie I enjoy of his)
"all had better scripts and characters "
and this has what to do with the director exactly? (Hint: Nothing)
Anyway, I would call Baz an idiot because Moulin Rouge was his masterpiece (And actually the only movie I enjoy of his)
8:10PM on 05/24/2013

Thank Goodness he didn't do it.

It would had been terrible...I shudder at the thought of it.
It would had been terrible...I shudder at the thought of it.
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7:48PM on 05/24/2013

Gatsby

Gatsby was so awful. The music was god awful, I have no issue using modern music in a movie set in a different era (A Knights Tale anyone?) but please, choose less obnoxious music. I feel asleep 3 times in this movie, which I have never done before.
Gatsby was so awful. The music was god awful, I have no issue using modern music in a movie set in a different era (A Knights Tale anyone?) but please, choose less obnoxious music. I feel asleep 3 times in this movie, which I have never done before.
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7:49PM on 05/24/2013
fell*
fell*
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6:55PM on 05/24/2013

He Made The Right Choice

Harry Potter directed by Luhrmann would have been a disaster. On the other hand, I loved Moulin Rouge.
Harry Potter directed by Luhrmann would have been a disaster. On the other hand, I loved Moulin Rouge.
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6:48PM on 05/24/2013

Baz Luhrmann Calls Himself an Idiot...

I did not need to read any further.
I whole heartedly agree with him - probably for the first time ever. On anything.

I am so sick of his overexposed style. I feel like the screen is screaming at me when I see any of his work. All he can do is being LOUD, OBVIOUS and OBNOXIOUS in any way imaginable.
I did not need to read any further.
I whole heartedly agree with him - probably for the first time ever. On anything.

I am so sick of his overexposed style. I feel like the screen is screaming at me when I see any of his work. All he can do is being LOUD, OBVIOUS and OBNOXIOUS in any way imaginable.
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5:53PM on 05/24/2013
Pretty sure he was joking. I like his movies, but he wouldn't have been a good fit for Harry Potter. Columbus' s Harry Potter films weren't the strongest in the series, but Luhrmann's directing style would've been too distracting. I'm glad he did Moulin Rouge instead.
Pretty sure he was joking. I like his movies, but he wouldn't have been a good fit for Harry Potter. Columbus' s Harry Potter films weren't the strongest in the series, but Luhrmann's directing style would've been too distracting. I'm glad he did Moulin Rouge instead.
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5:18PM on 05/24/2013
double post
double post
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5:16PM on 05/24/2013
That's a laugh-can you imagine if he directed the later ones that took on a more macabre tone? "Everything is turning so dark for Harry Potter and his friends. BUT DAMNIT EVERYTHING IS SO PRETTY AND SHINY!!!"
That's a laugh-can you imagine if he directed the later ones that took on a more macabre tone? "Everything is turning so dark for Harry Potter and his friends. BUT DAMNIT EVERYTHING IS SO PRETTY AND SHINY!!!"
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4:37PM on 05/24/2013
Baz Luhrmann is Arthouse New Wave for Bret Ratner fans. Its a frickin' gift he never directed a Harry Potter movie.
Baz Luhrmann is Arthouse New Wave for Bret Ratner fans. Its a frickin' gift he never directed a Harry Potter movie.
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2:05AM on 05/25/2013
TarantinoDork, you know what's up.
TarantinoDork, you know what's up.
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4:22PM on 05/24/2013

What's done is done

He's way too fast paced for Harry Potter if you ask me but what do I know. Things worked out well both ways though. Harry made bajillions and Baz is doing fine. I'm in the minority but I thought Gatsby was amazing.
He's way too fast paced for Harry Potter if you ask me but what do I know. Things worked out well both ways though. Harry made bajillions and Baz is doing fine. I'm in the minority but I thought Gatsby was amazing.
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4:20PM on 05/24/2013
I'm confused, is he saying Moulin Rouge was a mistake?
I'm confused, is he saying Moulin Rouge was a mistake?
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4:15PM on 05/24/2013

Someone should offer him Bioshock

No director could do Bioshock justice the way Luhrmann could, and I bet he could find a way to keep it true to the material without an R rating too.
No director could do Bioshock justice the way Luhrmann could, and I bet he could find a way to keep it true to the material without an R rating too.
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5:18PM on 05/24/2013
Yeah but, Bioshock needs an R rating. He'd definitely make Rapture look amazing (probably very similar stylistically to Gatsby), but you can't hand such a mature and well-written video game title to a guy who's just so damn whimsical. Of course, as long as Uwe Boll doesn't get it, I'm happy :)
Yeah but, Bioshock needs an R rating. He'd definitely make Rapture look amazing (probably very similar stylistically to Gatsby), but you can't hand such a mature and well-written video game title to a guy who's just so damn whimsical. Of course, as long as Uwe Boll doesn't get it, I'm happy :)
2:08AM on 05/25/2013
Nobody should offer him Bioshock ever. I'm sure he'd give us some drop dead gorgeous sets and character designs but the story and character development would inevitably suffer, and the story is what makes the game awesome and what would make the movie awesome.
Nobody should offer him Bioshock ever. I'm sure he'd give us some drop dead gorgeous sets and character designs but the story and character development would inevitably suffer, and the story is what makes the game awesome and what would make the movie awesome.
3:35PM on 05/24/2013
Only idiot is whoever offered him a Potter film....
Only idiot is whoever offered him a Potter film....
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3:10PM on 05/24/2013
I don't think his penchant for stylistic excess would benefit that series at all. The guy is like an artier Joel Schumacher. Okay, that's a bit harsh, and there are some who appreciate his style, but it's not for everything - Harry Potter probably included.
I don't think his penchant for stylistic excess would benefit that series at all. The guy is like an artier Joel Schumacher. Okay, that's a bit harsh, and there are some who appreciate his style, but it's not for everything - Harry Potter probably included.
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2:51PM on 05/24/2013
The Great Gatsby isn't as bad or mediocre as people are making it out to be. I thought it was faithful to the book and had some terrific performances (especially from DiCaprio and Edgerton), but I was expecting a little bit more on the "wow" factor considering all the talent they had for this film.

It's still one of my favorites of '13.
The Great Gatsby isn't as bad or mediocre as people are making it out to be. I thought it was faithful to the book and had some terrific performances (especially from DiCaprio and Edgerton), but I was expecting a little bit more on the "wow" factor considering all the talent they had for this film.

It's still one of my favorites of '13.
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2:16AM on 05/25/2013
"The Great Gatsby isn't as bad or mediocre as people are making it out to be."

Yes it is. Read the book. Then read "The Beautiful and the Damned" and "Tender is the Night." Then rewatch the film. It is every bit as medicore as people are saying.
"The Great Gatsby isn't as bad or mediocre as people are making it out to be."

Yes it is. Read the book. Then read "The Beautiful and the Damned" and "Tender is the Night." Then rewatch the film. It is every bit as medicore as people are saying.
2:48PM on 05/24/2013
So hes saying he's an idiot for making the 1 good film in his career?

I guess that does sound like an idiot.
So hes saying he's an idiot for making the 1 good film in his career?

I guess that does sound like an idiot.
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2:48PM on 05/24/2013
You should call yourself an idiot for not proof reading your column titles before submission.
You should call yourself an idiot for not proof reading your column titles before submission.
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