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Spielberg was offered Potter job

Published 08/11/2010 | 15:20

Steven Spielberg was approached about Harry Potter
Steven Spielberg was approached about Harry Potter

Steven Spielberg wanted to turn Harry Potter into an animated franchise, it has been reported.

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The Jurassic Park director and one of the founders of DreamWorks was initially approached by Warner Bros president Alan Horn to adapt JK Rowling's best-selling novels for the big screen, where he proposed giving it the DreamWorks touch and turning it into a Pixar-style animation.

"I did think it would be worthwhile for Steven Spielberg to direct, we offered it to him - but one of the notions of Dreamworks' and Steven's was, 'Let's combine a couple of the books, let's make it animated,' and that was because of the [visual effects and] Pixar had demonstrated that animated movies could be extremely successful," Alan told the Los Angeles Times.

"Because of the wizardry involved, they were very effects-laden. So I don't blame them. But I did not want to combine the movie and I wanted it to be live action."

Steven then took on Warner's 2001 sci-fi film AI: Artificial Intelligence, while the Hogwarts post fell to Chris Columbus, director of Home Alone and Mrs Doubtfire.

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