HBO Max's Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts special, which premiered on New Year's Day 2022, was a very emotional viewing experience for Potterheads. It instantly transported us back to our childhoods, when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone first premiered in November 2001. But all the reminiscing has us wondering why things changed so much between the first and eighth movies. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and the other kids' amazing adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry were undoubtedly shaped by the franchise's amazing first director, Chris Columbus, who helmed the first two installments (Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets) before stepping away from the series, but why did he leave?
HBO Max’s Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts features interviews not just with the cast of the Harry Potter film series but also with the directors behind the hit movies. As Potterheads well know, Chris Columbus directed the first two movies — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets— before leaving the Harry Potter franchise to other filmmakers.
At long last, the many creatives behind the Harry Potter films have reunited to celebrate their magical 20 year anniversary — that's right folks, it's officially been two decades since The Boy Who Lived first arrived in theaters. Try not to spiral down the god-I-feel-old rabbit hole just yet, because we have a ton of trivia to unpack from the two-hour fun fact fest of "Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts." The HBO Max special wasn't kidding about getting everyone back together: the golden trio is joined by main cast members from throughout the franchise, along with the directors who helped bring each magical book to life. This includes the man who started it all, Chris Columbus, director of both "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets."
Director Chris Columbus 'always felt guilty' leaving the cast of 'Harry Potter' after the first 2 films
The director shared memories from "Sorcerer's Stone" and "Chamber of Secrets" during the "Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts" reunion.
Watch: Robin Williams on His "Mrs. Doubtfire" Transformation. There's no doubt about it: A sequel to the beloved film Mrs. Doubtfire is off the table. On Monday, Dec. 6, the film's director, Chris Columbus, attended the SF Film Awards in San Francisco and shared that it would be "impossible" to develop a sequel without the "one-of-a-kind" Robin Williams in the lead role.
Director Chris Columbus has been telling a San Francisco newspaper, SFGATE, that there will never be a Mrs Doubtfire sequel; “It’s impossible. It’s just impossible…Robin was one-of-a-kind.”. The 1993 hit family movie earned $440 million at the box office and was released during a hugely successful...
Chris Columbus, who famously directed the Robin Williams and Sally Field classic Mrs. Doubtfire, is opening up about why the film has never had a sequel. While speaking to SF Gate at the SF Film Awards on Monday, Columbus, 63, discussed the award-winning movie, which was set and filmed in San Francisco, as well as his friendship with the late Williams, who died by suicide in 2014. He was 63 years old.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone turned 20 this year, and to commemorate the occasion, ComingSoon sat down with the film’s director, Chris Columbus, to discuss the legacy of this now-classic film that is available to own in 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD. Jeff Ames: Looking back on the film 20...
Chris Columbus is conductor of the nostalgia train, but considering this year marks the 20th anniversary of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," we'll let it slide. In a recent interview with the AV Club, Columbus let loose and told all sorts of behind the scenes stories about the making of the first film. If you're a potterhead, it has to be an especially exciting time, but even if you're only casually interested in what's going on, it is fascinating to see how an incredibly successful and formative movie gets made. And clearly, Columbus is down to dish all of the details.