WB is already trying to keep the magic alive with the launch of a new Harry Potter spin-off series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film lands in just a few months, with a sequel already scheduled in 2018. After that it sounds like they’re hoping to bring the original Harry Potter back. At least that’s according to reports from The New York Daily News (which is admittedly hit and miss with this stuff).
The play was turned into a ‘book’ (the literal play and not adaptation of it into a novel) and launched just last month. As many expected with the rabid Potter fan-base, it sold a ridiculous amount of copies and you’d be foolish to think Warner Bros. wasn’t taking notice. Some fans discovered WB had filed for Cursed Child trademarks, which seems telling considering they have nothing to do with the stage production or book. There’s really only a couple reasons they’d want it…
Warners is secretly working on getting the movie rights and a screenplay settled, and of course in their minds only one man should be Harry. However he has made it clear that his mind is certainly not focused on returning to the role anytime soon — and that could be until he hits 40.
The publication also goes on to note that the studio is interested in developing the story, which takes place long after Deathly Hallows and focuses on their children, for a trilogy. Yes, once again we’re in a situation where they want to milk as much as possible out of ONE STORY. We saw how well that went with The Hobbit, and it’s middling reveiws, so I can’t say I’m excited at that prospect.
As for Radcliffe…who knows. The actor has stated he’d come back for more Harry Potter if the script was right, and if the rumor is true and production isn’t likely to begin for a few years, that’s plenty of time for WB to woo/court the actor into coming back. Frankly, if they decide to turn Cursed Child into a series of movies, it’d be almost criminal to not have Radcliffe back as Potter. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you think of this new rumor? Would you like to see more Harry Potter stories on the big screen?