For a reported 1 million (US$2,000,000). A demand Rowling made was that the principal cast be kept strictly British, allowing nevertheless for the inclusion of many Irish actors, such as as Dumbledore, and for casting of French and Eastern European actors in where characters from the book are specified as such.
Rowling was hesitant to sell the rights because she 'didn't want to give them control over the rest of the story' by selling the rights to the characters, which would have enabled Warner Bros. To make non-author-written sequels. Although initially negotiated to direct the first film, he declined the offer.
Spielberg wanted the adaptation to be an, with American actor providing Harry Potter's voice. [ ] Spielberg contended that, in his opinion, there was every expectation of profit in making the film. He claims that making money would have been like 'shooting ducks in a barrel. It's just a slam dunk. It's just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There's no challenge'.
In the 'Rubbish Bin' section of her website, Rowling maintains that she had no role in choosing directors for the films, writing 'Anyone who thinks I could (or would) have 'veto-ed' him [Spielberg] needs their serviced.' After Spielberg left, conversations began with other directors, including,,,,,,,,,. Petersen and Reiner both pulled out of the running in March 2000. It was then narrowed down to Columbus, Gilliam, Parker, and Silberling. Rowling's first choice was Terry Gilliam. However, on 28 March 2000 Columbus was appointed as director of the film, with Warner Bros. Citing his work on other family films such as and as influences for their decision.