Warner Bros. Discovery is set to ask JK Rowling about a Cursed Child movie, with the Fantastic Beasts franchise seemingly dead in the water.
New Warner Bros. Discovery boss David Zaslav’s tenure has not been without incident, thanks in large part to his decision to scrap much of what the Warner Bros. studio had on mind. Full movies and staff have been dragged into his trash can as he charts a future for the newly merged company.
Warner Bros. wanted to make movies based on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Turns out we’re not the first to ask this question. A new report from Puck indicates that Warner Bros. did in fact ponder this question after scenes from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in 2016. The studio reportedly wanted to make two Cursed Child movies, but Rowling and her representatives (as well as scene producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender) were not interested. His thought was that the release of a Cursed Child film might affect the performance of the play on stage. Plays have a much longer life cycle than movies or shows, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is still in the middle even six years later. As of this writing, The Cursed Child has opened in five territories, but has yet to be produced by a tour company or opened on cruise ships, for example.
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Also, there were still executives at Warner Bros. who weren’t excited about the prospect of making Cursed Child movies, because that would essentially mean admitting that the Fantastic Beasts series was doomed. And now that we have three movies in this series, it looks like that’s what’s happened, with each new Fantastic Beasts movie making a lot less money than the last.
The Story of the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins with 37-year-old parents Harry, Ron and Hermione watching their children at Hogwarts on Platform 9 3/4, 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The play follows Albus Severus Potter as he discovers the truths of his father’s past on a journey through time, continuing the Harry Potter saga. The play also features Scorpius, the son of Draco Malfoy, Rose, the daughter of Hermione and Ron, and Delphi, the unexpected offspring of Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange, in addition to the original cast of actors. By revisiting much of the original plot through a new lens, the work’s time-travel concept could make for a very compelling movie or TV series, for committed Potter fans and newcomers alike.
There is no way of knowing when a new Harry Potter movie or TV series will be produced because neither Warner Bros. nor JK Rowling have announced anything. An adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, on the other hand, is not entirely out of the question. The Fantastic Beasts franchise has been a sticking point for the Potter universe of late, but bringing back Watson, Radcliffe, and Grint might inspire fans to give new Potter content a try. Whether Chris Columbus can fulfill his dream of making Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or other new content depends entirely on the willingness of the original HP trio to return, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon.