It looks like David Yates may be pulling a directorial hat trick in the Harry Potter series.
Having already directed Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix and the upcoming Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Yates may be the one in the director’s chair for the franchise’s final installment Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.
The news comes to us from the blog of writer Lois Lowry, whose The Giver trilogy is evidentially quite popular with ‘tween readers. A film version of the first book has been in development for some time with Yates attached to direct. Yesterday, the author mentioned that the film had been postponed as Yates was being called back for one more year at Hogwarts.
Bad news from The Giver Movie front. David Yates, the director currently working on the next Harry Potter film, was supposed to begin The Giver film next. But he has just decided he wants to do the final Harry Potter first, thereby postponing The Giver by several years. Maybe the opening of this film could be held simultaneously with my celebration-of-life service after I succumb to old age? Or the producers will decide to get a different director. Stand by. But without holding your breath.
If true, it puts to rest the long-standing rumors that Steven Spielberg would direct the final installment or that the series’ first two installments’ helmer Chris Columbus would return to bookend the franchise. It also puts to rest the hope that Potter-creator J. K. Rowlings’ preferred director, Terry Gilliam, would get a shot at the series.