Spielberg reveals his Harry Potter involvement, dropping out

Talking with BBC Breakfast (published by Digital Spy), the famous director Steven Spielberg explains his role in the first “Harry Potter” film, dropping out and his kids reacting.

“I’ve had chance to make a lot of movies that went on to be big hits with other directors and other studios, because I can’t do everything.

“I was offered Harry Potter. I developed it for about five or six months with [Potter screenwriter] Steve Kloves, and then I dropped out.”

“I just felt that I wasn’t ready to make an all-kids movie and my kids thought I was crazy. And the books were by that time popular, so when I dropped out, I knew it was going to be a phenomenon.

“But, you know I don’t make movies because they’re gonna to be phenomenons. I make movies because they have to touch me in a way that really commits me to a year, two years, three years of work.”

Warner Bros president Alan Horn confirmed in 2010 that Spielberg had been offered the position, but explained that he did not share the filmmaker’s wish to combine some of the books and to make an animated series.

http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/news/a359082/steven-spielberg-on-harry-potter-my-kids-thought-i-was-crazy-to-quit.html

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