Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:Vanity Fair helmer Mira Nair, who came to fame back in 2001with her acclaimed arranged-marriage romantic comedy Monsoon Wedding, has reportedly said that she's been approached to helm Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film based on J.K. Rowling 's wildly successful children’s fantasy series.
"I'm getting offers to direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I read it over the weekend. I'm still deciding," Nair told the Times of India this week. "I'm not letting all this go to my head. I'm grounded. I practice detachment. It helps me keep my balance."
"My son [twelve-year-old]Zoharan's excited," she added. "I've seen all the Harry Potter with him.
The Harry Potter director's chair is turning out to be as turbulent as Hogwart’s Defense Against the Dark Arts position. And, Warner Bros has not confirmed whether the studio was in talks with anyone about directing Phoenix.
American director Chris Columbus oversaw the big-screen versions of the first two books-- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. While both flicks received only lukewarm reviews, they were magical at the box office, raking in $317 million and $261 million, respectively, in 2001 and 2002.
He bowed out the third installment, this summer's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, choosing instead to remain a producer and hand over the reins to Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuaron.
While reviewers praised Cuaron's dark vision and edgy style, Azkaban failed to reach the levels of its predecessors, grossing only $247 million.
Warners has turned to British filmmaker Mike Newell to direct the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. That movie is scheduled to hit theaters in June 2005.
Nair first hit Hollywood's radar with 1988's haunting drama Salaam Bombay!, which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film, and got her a gig directing Denzel Washington in the 1991 interracial love story Mississippi Masala.
Nair's latest film, an adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's 19th century novel Vanity Fair, staring Reese Witherspoon, was released to theaters this Wednesday to somewhat mixed reviews.