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Yates for Potter 7?

02.20.2008

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Warner Bros. and producers of the HARRY POTTER franchise must be absolutely butt crazy in love with HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF PHOENIX director David Yates as, according to Ace Showbiz, after he's wrapped work on the currently filming HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, they plan on offering him the job to direct the franchise' final film, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. No offense to Yates but three in a row is a bit much based on an installment that wasn't the best in the franchise by any means. What happened to Alfonso Cuaron coming back? Or possibly Guillermo Del Toro stepping in (impossible, sure, since he's got about a billion projects on his plate right now but still, one can dream)? Or simply some fresh blood to send out the franchise with a bang? In any case, this is still just an internets rumor so we'll let you know if/when it's confirmed.

Extra Tidbit: J.K. Rowling apparently made sure there was absolutely nothing hetero about Dumbledore in THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.
Source: Ace Showbiz

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5:39PM on 02/27/2008

Please no

the best thing about OotP was the Fight between Dumbledore and Voldemort. that movie was horible. Even if I had read the books previously, I don't think I would've enjoyed it much.
the best thing about OotP was the Fight between Dumbledore and Voldemort. that movie was horible. Even if I had read the books previously, I don't think I would've enjoyed it much.
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11:47AM on 02/21/2008
Rumors, rumors and more rumors. That's all we can go by. Cuaron, or hell, Burton should go for it. These shouldn't be the only options, (I hear Roman Polanski likes working with kids)
Rumors, rumors and more rumors. That's all we can go by. Cuaron, or hell, Burton should go for it. These shouldn't be the only options, (I hear Roman Polanski likes working with kids)
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10:17AM on 02/21/2008

Crap

I'm a huge Potter fan, and I hated what they did with OotP. Yates took a great, compelling story and turned it to shit.
I'm a huge Potter fan, and I hated what they did with OotP. Yates took a great, compelling story and turned it to shit.
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7:20AM on 02/21/2008
GUILLERMO DEL TORO!!!

End of discussion.

Period.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO!!!

End of discussion.

Period.
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3:34AM on 02/21/2008

Boooring!

I think I preferred the Spielberg rumour. Either Yates was very pedestrian or the story was very slight and uninteresting. Either way, the last Harry Pothead movie just didn't seem all that.
I think I preferred the Spielberg rumour. Either Yates was very pedestrian or the story was very slight and uninteresting. Either way, the last Harry Pothead movie just didn't seem all that.
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10:53PM on 02/20/2008
I'm going to agree with the pro-Cuaron lot here:

I thought his style was perfectly suited to the material...which is probably why the subsequent directors have emulated Cuaron's Potter (and not, say, Columbus' Potters...which were, among all else, so busy obsessing over the letter of Rowling's books that they completely missed the spirit of those books).

I'd also argue that Cuaron got the best, most natural performances from the three leads.

And, IMHO, Cuaron's Potter is the only one,
I'm going to agree with the pro-Cuaron lot here:

I thought his style was perfectly suited to the material...which is probably why the subsequent directors have emulated Cuaron's Potter (and not, say, Columbus' Potters...which were, among all else, so busy obsessing over the letter of Rowling's books that they completely missed the spirit of those books).

I'd also argue that Cuaron got the best, most natural performances from the three leads.

And, IMHO, Cuaron's Potter is the only one, thus far, that feels like a cohesive film...and not just a Cliff's Notes summation of the novel.

That said, Yates' Potter was probably my 2nd favourite of the series...so I guess this could've been worse (as it was with Columbus' paint-by-numbers approach...or Newell's tonally inconsistent approach).

P.S.

For whatever it's worth, I also prefer Gambon's sprightly, mischievous Dumbledore over Harris' frail, wan interpretation (and I can't imagine why Columbus initially hired someone whose age and health made it wildly apparent that he'd never be able complete the series...which guaranteed that a subsequent director would have to, much to the annoyance of fans, recast the role).
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9:31PM on 02/20/2008

I'd still see it, but I'd really like...

The thing is, the only filmmaker to be faithful to the books was Columbus, but I'm not too sure I'd want him back. As much as I dug the hell outta Order of the Phoenix, Warner really needs to hire someone who can take this series out with a bang. Cuaron could be the right guy for the job. He already has one of these films under his belt. All that really matters is that they keep this two-part film thing. If that happens, fans will get all the great stuff from the final book (and, man, was there
The thing is, the only filmmaker to be faithful to the books was Columbus, but I'm not too sure I'd want him back. As much as I dug the hell outta Order of the Phoenix, Warner really needs to hire someone who can take this series out with a bang. Cuaron could be the right guy for the job. He already has one of these films under his belt. All that really matters is that they keep this two-part film thing. If that happens, fans will get all the great stuff from the final book (and, man, was there a lot), because Cuaron would essentially be accepting the job under the terms that he'd make two big movies and not take out anything important (which, as anyone who's read the book can say, is plenty).
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9:14PM on 02/20/2008

I'm up for it.

Yes, OotP was my favorite so far, yes consistency would be great for the franchise, even though CoS was light, is was a little darker than SS and the same could be said for HBP. Didn't WB, if i'm not mistaken, greenlight Yates to direct HBP before OotP came out? I mean its the same story here then. And also, didn't I read, on joblo I believe, that book 7 would be told in 2 films? IDK, I am up for this, but that is just my opinion.
Yes, OotP was my favorite so far, yes consistency would be great for the franchise, even though CoS was light, is was a little darker than SS and the same could be said for HBP. Didn't WB, if i'm not mistaken, greenlight Yates to direct HBP before OotP came out? I mean its the same story here then. And also, didn't I read, on joblo I believe, that book 7 would be told in 2 films? IDK, I am up for this, but that is just my opinion.
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8:46PM on 02/20/2008

NO! NO! NO!

OOTP was a good HP film in terms of the action and everything. Otherwise, it was literally a SparkNotes version of the entire book. It didn't even get to the crucial talk between Dumbledore and Harry about the prophecy -- which is the driving force behind the last two books!!! All we heard was "I really care about you Harry". F That sideways. Yates should not do the 7th if he is going to do it the way he did the 5th. Sure the action was great but I want the story to be told as well -- which is
OOTP was a good HP film in terms of the action and everything. Otherwise, it was literally a SparkNotes version of the entire book. It didn't even get to the crucial talk between Dumbledore and Harry about the prophecy -- which is the driving force behind the last two books!!! All we heard was "I really care about you Harry". F That sideways. Yates should not do the 7th if he is going to do it the way he did the 5th. Sure the action was great but I want the story to be told as well -- which is what Cuaron did with the 3rd film.
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8:30PM on 02/20/2008
I'd like to see Half Blood Prince before making my final decision (the official decision will probably come before then) but based off of Order of the Pheonix, I'd say no Yates for me.
I'd like to see Half Blood Prince before making my final decision (the official decision will probably come before then) but based off of Order of the Pheonix, I'd say no Yates for me.
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8:23PM on 02/20/2008

Awesome

I wouldn't mind Yates at all. Ootp is probably my favorite of the series so far and HBP looks likes it's shaping up to be a good film.
I wouldn't mind Yates at all. Ootp is probably my favorite of the series so far and HBP looks likes it's shaping up to be a good film.
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8:06PM on 02/20/2008

Fine By Me

I thought Yates did a GREAT job with OoTP (best in the series IMO). I'm eagerly looking forward to HBP too.
I thought Yates did a GREAT job with OoTP (best in the series IMO). I'm eagerly looking forward to HBP too.
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7:49PM on 02/20/2008

directors

i would love to see del toro direct the final installment, but a part of me (knowing this is highly unrealistic) really wants Tim Burton to tackle the last one. the last installment is supposed to be crazy dark and intense and i just think that Burtons style fits well with the harry potter themes.
i would love to see del toro direct the final installment, but a part of me (knowing this is highly unrealistic) really wants Tim Burton to tackle the last one. the last installment is supposed to be crazy dark and intense and i just think that Burtons style fits well with the harry potter themes.
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7:43PM on 02/20/2008

This would be good

The consistency would be good for the series, and the dude did a good job on HP5. Prisoner of Azkaban was my favorite, despite the hugely trimmed story/plot line, but HP5 comes in a solid second place. This would pan out well.
The consistency would be good for the series, and the dude did a good job on HP5. Prisoner of Azkaban was my favorite, despite the hugely trimmed story/plot line, but HP5 comes in a solid second place. This would pan out well.
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7:42PM on 02/20/2008
I think the reason so many people consider PoA (and Alfonso Cuaron) as the best film (and director) in the franchise is because it came after the rather light first two films. Cuaron took it to a much darker, more interesting place. The CGI (Lupin as the werewolf and Sirius in dog form) looked rather rushed, but it was still a much nicer, darker film.
OotP is my favourite of the films so far, it's sense of coming darkness brilliant, so I'd be willing to give Yates a chance for 7, but my
I think the reason so many people consider PoA (and Alfonso Cuaron) as the best film (and director) in the franchise is because it came after the rather light first two films. Cuaron took it to a much darker, more interesting place. The CGI (Lupin as the werewolf and Sirius in dog form) looked rather rushed, but it was still a much nicer, darker film.
OotP is my favourite of the films so far, it's sense of coming darkness brilliant, so I'd be willing to give Yates a chance for 7, but my number one choice is still Del Toro. That would be both the best film in the franchise, and an absolutely brilliant flick in it's own right.
It's possible that HBP is even better than OotP and it's based on that fact that the Producers are offering Yates #7 , as he's getting better and better.

I'd prefer Yates over Spielberg or something.
I wonder what an Chris Nolan directed Potter 7 would be like?
or James Mangold?
Aronofsky?
We shall have to wait and see.
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7:24PM on 02/20/2008
I'm glad Yates will be back for The Deathly Hallows - I'd rather almost anyone than Alphonso Cuaron - I thought that Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban was the weakest Potter flick in the series.
I'm glad Yates will be back for The Deathly Hallows - I'd rather almost anyone than Alphonso Cuaron - I thought that Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban was the weakest Potter flick in the series.
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