Spielberg's Harry Potter saga was going to be animated and short

That seventh Harry Potter movie that's right around the corner? If Steven Spielberg had been in charge of the boy wizard's movie franchise—as he almost was—not only would the saga never have gotten that far, but whatever Potter DID make it to the screen would have been animated!

Apparently, during the early days of Hollywood figuring out what it wanted to do with the franchise, Spielberg was offered the project, and he felt the only way to convey the magic of the series was through animation. He also wanted to condense the novels down so that each movie would cover multiple books.

Here's how Warner Brothers president Alan Horn tells it:

"I did think it would be worthwhile for Steven Spielberg to direct. We offered it to him. But one of the notions of Dreamworks' and Steven's was, 'Let's combine a couple of the books, let's make it animated,' and that was because of the [visual effects and] Pixar had demonstrated that animated movies could be extremely successful. Because of the wizardry involved, they were very effects-laden. So I don't blame them. But I did not want to combine the movies, and I wanted it to be live action."

So what do you think? Did we miss a bullet? Were we lucky Spielberg ended up directing A.I.: Artificial Intelligence instead? Or would an animated and condensed Potter have been a good idea?

(via Hero Complex)

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