Some of you may not know this, but early on in the development stage of bringing the Harry Potter books to the big screen Steven Spielberg was attached to direct the movie. He actually worked 5 to 6 months developing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone before he ended up dropping out of the project. That's a shame, because I would have absolutely loved to see what Spielberg envisioned for the story.
The director recently gave an interview on BBC Breakfast, and during the interview he gave an explanation of why he ended up dropping out as the director saying...
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.
So I guess Potter didn't really grab his imagination, but Indiana Jones 4 did? He must have done just that one for the fun of it. I just thing Spielberg would have taken these films to a whole other level of greatness. In a previous interview with Hollywood.com Spielberg described that Potter wasn't enough of a challenge for him.
I purposely didn't do the Harry Potter movie because for me, that was shooting ducks in a barrel. It's just a slam dunk. It's just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There's no challenge.
Chris Columbus ended up taking over as the director for the first two films, which in my opinion could have been done better, It wasn't until the third film that I really started enjoying the movies. Would you have liked to see what Spielberg had planned for Harry Potter?