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Del Toro on Harry Potter?

HarryPotter.jpgThere's a rumour doing the rounds that Guillermo del Toro might well be directing the next Harry Potter film, and the basis for this conjecture is that del Toro himself has revealed that he was approached to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Now I find that really interesting because it was two years later that he made Pan's Labyrinth (Filmstalker review), and until then his work was much more adult.

Consider he had just made Hellboy and carried Blade II, The Devil's Backbone, Mimic and Cronos on his directorial list, and those are hardly children's films and hardly Harry Potter.

However with Pan's Labyrinth he stepped a little closer to that world, albeit darker than the Potter we've seen so far, so could he be in the running again?

Well the Internet is abuzz with the suggestion and it could be a good one, even if it is wild conjecture for now. I caught the story over at IESB and they have a quote from Guillermo del Toro on the Harry Potter series.

“I’ve read them all and when I read the books before the movies were done, I always pictured Charles Dickens. They were very 'Dickensian'. The situation of Harry Potter reminded me a lot of Pip from ‘Great Expectations.’ I saw them as deeper, more creaky, more corroded. Then they were textured very differently when the first two movies came out. They were so bright and happy and full of light, that I wasn’t interested…They [the movies] seem to be getting eerie and darker, and I'm up to be the one who kills twenty guys. If they come back to me, I’ll think about it.”

Well that does sound positive, but he does say that they haven't approached him for this final outing. What do you think? Guillermo del Toro for the final Harry Potter, or is he too dark and too adult for this more child friendly series?



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