Alan Horn tegenover The Los Angeles Times: 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 Stevens was, Lets combine a couple of the books, lets 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 dont blame them. But I did not want to combine the movies, and I wanted it to be live action.
Chris Columbus, die een jaar later ook het tweede deel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), op zich mocht nemen. Spielberg ging in 2001 aan de slag met de sci-film A.I: Artificial Intelligence.
Lees hier het gehele artikel van The Los Angeles Times.