The good people over at JewReview caught up with actor Rupert Grint, aka Ron Weasley, and discussed both Driving Lessons and the upcoming Harry Potter films. During the interview they ask if he heard any rumors about Alfonso Cuaron coming back to direct one of the last films and Grint responds by pointing out that it could be Chris Columbus who returns to the franchise.
Now this could be huge; and I am not saying whether it would be good or bad. I loved the spectacle behind Goblet of Fire -- which is still the best book by the way -- but thought Prisoner of Azkaban, directed by Cuaron, had all the polish. Cuaron took the franchise, made it darker in order to match the books and, by the time all was said and done, made it even better. Most fans had hoped for Cuaron's return.
So now we have Chris Columbus, the director who started it all by helming the first two films.
The only problem with Chris Columbus is that he is quite the conundrum with Potter fans. The director received flak from many Potterites for making the first two Potter films with too much, uhh, 'color.' Could the director step in and remove all the advancements we have seen take place over the last two installments or will he be able to knock one out of the park? The directors to step in after Columbus -- Cuaron and Mike Newell -- both had the advantage of working with a layout created by Columbus for the first two films. Now that this layout has been polished even more, it would seem perfectly possible for Columbus to step in and deliver quite the character-driven story.
As a compromise, how about handing Columbus Half-Blood and Cuaron the still untitled book seven? That could work.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens to theatres on July 13th, 2007.