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Newell will direct 'Potter' series' 4th film

August 11, 2003|A Times staff writer

Mike Newell has signed on to direct "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Warner Bros. confirmed Sunday.

Newell is the first British director assigned to one of the "Potter" films. "Goblet" will be the fourth of what has become a phenomenally popular series based on the books by British author J.K. Rowling.

Steve Kloves will adapt the novel for the screen, as he did the previous three. He recently completed the Julia Roberts movie "Mona Lisa Smile," which will open later this year.

Production on "Goblet" is scheduled to begin in April. Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron is currently filming the third "Potter" movie, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." The first two were directed by Chris Columbus, an American.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday August 17, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 48 words Type of Material: Correction
"Harry Potter" movie -- An article in Monday's Calendar about Mike Newell signing to direct the movie version of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" mistakenly said Steve Kloves, the screenplay adapter for "Potter," also wrote "Mona Lisa Smile." Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal wrote that screenplay.

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