Guillermo del Toro Regrets Rejecting Directing Harry Potter

Posted 2017/06/26 0 0

Guillermo del Toro shares his regret in not helming a Harry Potter film despite it being offered to him.


For every movie Guillermo del Toro makes, there are two or three that he doesn’t. And some of those rejected movies make him regret later. The horror legend was offered the chance to direct one of the huge cinematic adaptations of JK Rowling's sprawling wizarding world, and he's spoken for the first real time about turning it down. Del Toro appeared at the animation-themed Annecy Festival (with IndieWire in attendance) and confirmed that  “I’ve had the most incredible opportunities to say no to big movies,” said del Toro, but there is one he wishes he hadn’t turned down: “Harry Potter.”

Del Toro did not go into specifics which one from the eight films in the franchise he was offered to do. However, Most rumours suggest that it was The Prisoner Of Azkaban that he was offered - and the more horror-led feel to the film that was ultimately made by his friend Alfonso Cuaron does seem to suggest it as the most suitable.

In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film The Devil's Backbone (2001), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action movies, such as the vampire superhero action film Blade II (2002), the supernatural superhero film Hellboy (2004), its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and the science fiction monster film Pacific Rim (2013).

The Harry Potter movie series is touted as one of the most successful movie franchises of all time racking up a massive $7.7 billion in box office sales that spans eight films. Each movie franchise corresponds to J.K. Rowling’s best-selling novels with the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows split into two feature-length films. The main tales of the “boy who lived” ended in 2011, but off-shoots are being continuously developed up to this date.