Director Conjured for Harry Potter 5

With Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire now in production, Warner Bros. has already lined up a director for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film to be based on J.K. Rowling’s wildly successful book series. Award-winning British television director David Yates is next in line to continue the digital animation-heavy film saga.

Having earned a BAFTA nomination for his short film, Rank, Yates went on to direct the BAFTA-wining television series The Young Visiters, State of Play, The Way We Live Now and The Sins. He is set to begin production on Order of the Phoenix in January 2006.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be produced by David Heyman, who is now producing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco). Goblet was adapted by screenwriter Michael Goldenberg (Where the Wild Things Are, Peter Pan) and is slated for release on Nov. 18, 2005.