April 3, 2000 |
With the news that Chris Columbus has been selected to direct the first "Harry Potter" film, many of the books' countless fans made a collective grimace. Children may have loved "Home Alone" or "Mrs. Doubtfire" but they can't see the connection between the boy wizard who springs from pages laced with subtle humor and the "silly, slapstick" movies the director is known for. Ouch. Adult fans--and there are many--also tend to greet the choice of Columbus with a raised eyebrow.