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 12:00 AM, 04-MAY-07
 
Yates Confirmed For Potter VI

David Yates, director of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, confirmed to SCI FI Wire that he will return to the director's chair for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth film in the blockbuster franchise. Yates, the British director best known for the U.K. miniseries State of Play and The Girl in the Cafe, is currently completing Phoenix, based on J.K. Rowling's fifth Potter book, and had been rumored to be attached to Prince.

"I am doing Half-Blood Prince, and I'm doing it because I love the world, I love the characters," the BAFTA-winning director said in an interview. "I think I have more business with this world and these characters."

Yates was brought on to the franchise to helm Phoenix, which has political overtones and deals in part with a rebellion at Hogwarts led by Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint).

"I've made a kind of tonal shift with the fifth film, which I want to continue and develop into the sixth film," Yates said. "And I can see the fifth story evolving into the sixth story in a really interesting way. So I'm on a journey with this material and this world, and I'm keen to complete it."

Yates would become only the second director to helm more than one Potter film, after Chris Columbus, who directed the first two. Alfonso Cuarón directed the third, Prisoner of Azkaban, and Mike Newell the fourth, Goblet of Fire.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens on July 13. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is in preproduction with an eye to a November 2008 release. The seventh and final book in Rowling's series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, hits bookstores on July 21. —Ian Spelling
 


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