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M. Night Shyamalan sending Potter fans conflicting messages

by David Haber, Wizard News Editor

Last weekend we covered reports in the press of the old rumors of a Harry Potter movie possibly being directed by famous thriller movie director M. Night Shyamalan, as he is now doing press interviews for his new movie, Lady in the Water, which opens next Friday.

Yesterday, Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron interviewed Mr. Shyamalan, and quotes him as saying:

"I would be the greatest protector of an author's stuff. Especially things that I respect, that I know there's inherently magic in it. I would be very wary of screwing it up, so I would be very careful... There's no way that it would be missed by lack of effort or lack of care or lack of attention. I would be giving it every single iota...I would cherish it."

That would tend to imply to Harry Potter fans that he is open to directing a future Potter film, and that he could do so without changing it to his own, very particular, style of movies.

However, today in the Philadelphia Enquirer, the interviewer says that, in regard to not taking the easy projects and selling out to Hollywood, Mr. Shyamalan says this:

"There was a giant, giant movie my daughters wanted me to take," Shyamalan admits, refusing to say whether said film is Harry Potter. "But the studio couldn't promise me control. I explained to my daughters that I speak a certain way and that I wouldn't make this movie if I couldn't talk like myself."

Harry Potter fans must wonder, if he didn't originally take the assignment to direct an earlier Harry Potter film because he wasn't willing to direct a movie without creative control, what is different about the situation now?

Published July 14, 2006

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