A Harry Potter You'll Never See: Rob Zombie, Guillermo del Toro, Others Comment!
by Alex Billington
May 15, 2007
The fifth installment of the immensely succesful Harry Potter series (which has grossed a tremendous total of over $3.5 billion worldwide with its four previous films) arrives this summer in high fashion, and it doesn't go without plenty of good discussion. In one of the best articles I've ever seen written in the world of movies, MTV (via Cinematical) asked 8 of Hollywood's hottest directors what they would do with the final film. Including short responses from Rob Zombie, Zack Snyder, David Fincher, George Miller, Tom Tykwer, Edgar Wright, Edward Zwick, and Guillermo del Toro, this is worth a read whether you're a Harry Potter fanatic or a Harry Potter hater.
Here are a few of the better quotes.
Rob Zombie (Halloween): "I'd probably be very violent with a lot of nudity. That's what it needs. Harry should say 'f---' a lot. That would spice it up."
David Fincher (Zodiac): "Could I make it darker than Alfonso's? I don't know. [Should Harry die?] As all good teenagers must."
Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz): "I think I'd like to see Daniel Radcliffe naked and mutilating horses [like he did in the play 'Equus' in London's West End]. It's amazing in the U.K., the poster outside the theater is absolutely enormous. It's crazy. It's three stories high - a picture of Daniel Radcliffe with his shirt off. It's quite distressing."
Zack Snyder (300): "The problem with Harry Potter is that you can't do it different from the books. Do you want to see them having sex or shooting each other or fighting? Sure. My knee-jerk reaction is to just make everything an R-rated movie, and so I'm like, 'They should be darker!' you know? I do kind of feel they're going in the right direction. They've been sort of growing the films with the characters. So the films are getting darker and intense as the kids have been getting older. I think that makes sense. And it'd be awesome [if Harry dies in the end]."
Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth): I really love the books, they're incredibly rich and textured, incredibly well-informed and -researched, and I think they have a very dark universe - it's actually darker than the movies have been, up until Alfonso came onboard. Now they have a darker tone. I would hope that he would return, because out of all the movies that I've seen, that have been released, his is the one that I've liked the most… I would love to do one where I can kill off one of the characters. I would love to kill off one of them. I would like to be the guy who ends the franchise - I come in and destroy everything that everyone else has created! [He laughs.]
The trend seems to be the desire to kill of Harry, or someone major, in the final film. We won't know for sure if auteur J.K. Rowling decided to go that direction with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows until it hits shelves on July 21st, but given the title, I've got a feeling we'll see some sort of major death.