A Cautionary Tale
mcmullea at kl.com
Thu Sep 23 11:38:23 EDT 1999
Hello all, I wanted to share snippets of a story from the London Times. If
you've come across the Harry Potter phenom and/or read Judith's excellent
critique - and if you have a strong constitution which can withstand
experiencing nausea, disbelief, vertigo and relief all at once - then you'll
"September 23 1999
> London Times
> Harry Potter gets the Hollywood
> BY ADAM SHERWIN AND GRACE BRADBERRY
> HARRY POTTER is to acquire a transatlantic twang and
> a blonde "babe" when he becomes the next British
> children's icon to be given the Hollywood treatment.
> Steven Spielberg is leading a host of directors bidding to
> bring the orphan underdog with wizard powers to the big
> screen. But like Mary Poppins and Mowgli before him,
> the bestselling children's hero, created by the Scottish
> author J.K. Rowling, will undergo some curious changes
> before he hits the box office.
> Warner Brothers, which has bought the option to film the
> books in a "seven-figure deal", is planning to turn
> Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry into
> Hogwarts High, complete with blonde cheerleaders.
> Harry will taunt the evil Lord Voldemort with an accent
> acceptable to teenage American audiences. The books
> have been "Americanised", with the holidays Potter
> dreads becoming "vacations", and his school timetables
> "schedules". An American writer has been hired to write
> the script, and Harry Potter theme parks and computer
> games will follow if the film is a hit."
Have mixed emotions about it, but mainly feel relief that Tom Cruise is
unlikely to ever play Konstam. I'm pretty sure that I may safely vow never
to enter a "Harry Potter theme park." ugh
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