After five Harry Potter films, Chris Columbus was the only director to helm back-to-back (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) Potter flicks. However, now that David Yates has officially signed on to direct Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince, he will join Columbus in an exclusive club that may or may not shut its doors for good with only two members. With only one director-less Potter film currently accepting applications (that being the last pic in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), the speculation begins: Who will be chosen to end one of the most ambitious (and well-made) franchises in movie history? Will Yates become the only man to helm three Potter films? Or, will Warner Bros. hand the magic wand to a brand new face?

In a fun little article, MTV caught up with eight of today's most talked-about directors to ask them how they would end the popular franchise, should they be chosen by the studio Gods to finish the job. Those who participated were Rob Zombie (Halloween), Zack Snyder (300), David Fincher (Zodiac), George Miller (Happy Feet), Tom Tykwer (Perfume), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) and Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth). Here's how a few of them responded (Note: It appears most, if not all, feel Harry should die in the final installment):

  • Rob Zombie: "I'd probably be very violent with a lot of nudity. That's what it needs. Harry should say 'f---' a lot. That would spice it up."
  • Edgar Wright: "I think I'd like to see Daniel Radcliffe naked and mutilating horses [like he did in the play 'Equus' in London's West End]. It's amazing in the U.K., the poster outside the theater is absolutely enormous. It's crazy. It's three stories high - a picture of Daniel Radcliffe with his shirt off. It's quite distressing."
  • David Fincher: "Could I make it darker than Alfonso's? I don't know. [Should Harry die?] As all good teenagers must."
  • Guillermo del Toro: After admitting that he was asked to helm the third film before Alfonso Cuaron took over -- then saying that Cuaron should helm the final one -- del Toro said: I would love to do one, but I would love to do one where I can kill off one of the characters. I would love to kill off one of them. I would like to be the guy who ends the franchise - I come in and destroy everything that everyone else has created!"

Head on over to MTV to see how the rest of them responded. If it were up to you, who would you choose to helm the final Harry Potter film?

[via Hollywood Wiretap]

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