Harry Potter director Chris Columbus is thinking about the wizarding world of Harry Potter once again. He would return to helm a movie adaption of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child if the stars ever aligned.
talking to The Hollywood Reporter, ahead of the 20th anniversary of his film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the 63-year-old director said that his interest was sparked after seeing the Cursed Child on Broadway. Columbus added that if the opportunity for a film ever arose, he would love to see Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint reprise their breakout roles.
Columbus said to the outlet, “A version of Cursed Child with Dan, Rupert, and Emma at the right age, it’s cinematic bliss. If you’re a film nerd or cinephile, it’s kind of like what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars… There’s no question if you’re a Star Wars fan, you were moved just seeing them on screen, seeing Harrison Ford as Han Solo again and Chewy.”
The filmmaker continues, “I think that would be the same situation for Harry Potter fans. To able to actually see these adult actors now back in these roles? Oh, yeah. It would be amazingly fun to make that film or two films.”
Cursed Child follows a sequel story to J.K. Rowling’s hit Potter series, following a new generation of magical characters, as well as grown-up versions of beloved characters from the original books and movies. Columbus directed the first two flicks the famous franchise, Sorcerer’s Stone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets but stepped away after feeling “emotionally and physically exhausted” when the second film wrapped.
“I wasn’t seeing my kids, who were young at the time, growing up,” he told THR of the hectic schedule. “I was missing dinners with them. I thought, ‘I can’t do another six, seven, eight years of this. My kids will grow up and I’ll never get to know them.” Meanwhile, he stayed on as a producer for the third chapter, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Columbus said he was grateful for a better work-life balance.
However, two days after the Sorcerer’s Stone film anniversary, Cursed Child will return to Broadway after a break due to COVID-19, but will look a little different than its original format. The Tony-winning drama, which was performed in two parts prior to the NYC-wide coronavirus closure, will reopen at the Lyric Theatre on Tuesday as a newly staged version that writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany have compressed into one play.
Although, in June, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly, that the “reimagined version” is a logistical tweak as Broadway reopens. “This is an unprecedented moment in theatre history. After being closed for more than 15 months, almost all of Broadway and theatre across North America will return before the end of the year,” they said.