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Mike Newell: Prince of Persia was 'wrong'

Mike Newell: Prince of Persia was 'wrong'

Nov 19 2012, 12:06am CST | by

Director Mike Newell thinks Hollywood has ''screwed itself'' by relying on CGI-filled blockbusters, but admits he fell into the same trap with 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'.

Mike Newell admits his 'Prince of Persia' film was ''wrong''. The director - best known for 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' - expressed frustration at...

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Mike Newell: Prince of Persia was 'wrong'

Nov 19 2012, 12:06am CST | by

Director Mike Newell thinks Hollywood has ''screwed itself'' by relying on CGI-filled blockbusters, but admits he fell into the same trap with 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'.

Mike Newell admits his 'Prince of Persia' film was ''wrong''.
The director - best known for 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' - expressed frustration at Hollywood's obsession with CGI-filled blockbusters and big name stars, saying he fell into the same trap with his Jake Gyllenhaal-fronted fantasy flick.
He told The Telegraph newspaper: ''I think Hollywood has screwed itself - and they know it. They've said that the only way they can sell to the world is to make [blockbusters]. I've done one of them, for God's sake - 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' - which is one huge CGI sequence after another. I tried to make it like a Jerry Bruckheimer film and I was wrong; it didn't do well.''
He later backtracked, claiming it was a ''foolish'' comment to make about Hollywood and said the most important thing in a blockbuster are killer action sequences.
Mike explained: ''You don't need the actors to be fantastic in those films; you need action sequences to knock you dead. You have to think really hard about whether you change your slot as a director, and my slot is that I never want to be without quality writing.''
The filmmaker's latest film is an adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations', starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.
He said: ''This time I was desperate to make a 'word' work instead, something where the dialogue mattered.''
The 70-year-old added he may return to his television roots in future because he is fed up of typecasting in films.
Mike said: ''At least you don't get that awful stuff from investors - 'If you don't get Kate Winslet or Robert Pattinson or Emma Watson, don't bother knocking on my door'. They're wonderful actors, of course, but that attitude leads to a lot of typecasting, which is very frustrating.''

 
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Aug 21 2014 1:54pm CDT | Source: Collider

As the director behind the final four Harry Potter films starting with Order of the Phoenix, filmmaker David Yates was likely the most well-versed filmmaker in Potter lore.  Chris Columbus kicked the franchise off with the first two films, Alfonso Cuaron brought a maturity and unique artistic quality to the series, and Mike Newell injected his inherent Britishness into the franchise, but it was Yates who handled the conclusion of The Boy Who Lived.  And ...
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