British director SIR Alan Parker has slammed American movie maker CHRIS COLUMBUS for making the first Harry Potter film "terrible".

The EVITA film-maker claims Columbus' HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE is too "Americanised", and maintains both he and fellow Brit TERRY GILLIAM would have made a better effort of author Jk Rowling's magical franchise.

He says, "It was terrible. Absolutely awful. I would have made it so much better than Chris Columbus."

Sir Alan was reportedly considered to take on the franchise before it was handed to the Home Alone director - but Parker is convinced he would have never been offered the challenge.

He says, "I like to have creative control and do things my way. It was Americanised. The finance was coming from BURGER KING. They wanted it a certain way.

"Terry Gilliam would have made a better film than me."

29/10/2003 14:06