How Baz Luhrmann Passed On Directing HARRY POTTER
The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, ‘What’s that?’ And said, ‘Well that sounds interesting, but I’m thinking of doing a reinvention of the modern musical’, and that was Moulin Rouge….So I’m an obvious idiot, because I should have taken Harry Potter.Luhrmann isn’t the only director to pass on a ticket into Hogwarts. Steven Spielberg was also offered the chance to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but the famed filmmaker wanted to make the adaptations animated features as opposed to live-action movies. The fantasy film was subsequently assigned to Chris Columbus, and grossed a massive $974 million at the worldwide box office. As for The Great Gatsby, it’s out in US and UK theaters now.