Welcome back to the "You know what's a good movie?" column. It's when I talk about movies that are connected in some way. Maybe they share a director, maybe they share a starring actor or actress, or maybe there is a common theme? Let's review:
Connection: Tom Hanks
Part 2: Toy Story
Part 3: The Incredibles
Connection: Superhero Films
Part 4: Batman (1989)
Connection: Jack Nicholson
Part 5: The Departed
Connection: Matt Damon
Part 6: Good Will Hunting
Connection: Robin Williams
Part 7: Mrs. Doubtfire
Connection: Chris Columbus
Part 8: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Chris Columbus agreed to adapt a best selling novel to film. Warner Brothers won the film rights to J.K. Rowling's series of novels about a boy who discovers he is a wizard, and destine for something amazing. That wizard is Harry Potter, and the first film was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Daniel Radcliffe was cast as the titular character of Harry Potter, an orphan wizard who must uncover the clues to his destiny. Emma Watson plays Hermione Granger, a brilliant wizard and the brains of the trio. Rupert Grint plays Ron Weasley, a lovable loser of sorts. He and his family unofficially adopt Harry Potter in the films.
All three of the child actors became international superstars after Sorcerer's Stone. With all the fame and recognition in the world, the actors never got complacent; in fact, they all got better with the future films. We all have Columbus to thank for casting this incredible trio of wizards.
Richard Harris was cast as Professor Albus Dumbledore, the main man at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Although Harris past away before the entire series was complete, he made a lasting impression in Sorcerer's Stone. Also cast were Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall and Robbie Coltrane as the lovable Rubeus Hagrid. Casting we could not picture any other way.
check out my review for the final film here), we now know how important Columbus was to the success. No one could have predicted the 8 films, based on 7 books, would have made as much money as they did. But one thing is for sure; hiring Columbus was the best investment Warner Brothers could have made in kicking off this amazing film series.