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1/10/2012 9:00am EST

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg passed on the chance to get behind the camera for the first "Harry Potter" film after helping to develop the movie adaptation of J.K. Rowling's bestseller - because he didn't feel he was ready to tackle an "all-kids" project.
The moviemaker admits his own children thought he was crazy when he stepped down from the project and allowed Chris Columbus to take over - but he's still convinced he made the right choice.
He tells website Digital Spy, "I just felt that I wasn't ready to make an all-kids movie and my kids thought I was crazy. And the books were by that time popular, so when I dropped out, I knew it was going to be a phenomenon.
"But, you know, I don't make movies because they're gonna to be phenomenons. I make movies because they have to touch me in a way that really commits me to a year, two years, three years of work."

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