Warner Bros. boss: New ‘Harry Potter franchises in ‘development’

Warner Bros. boss: New ‘Harry Potter franchises in ‘development’

Expecto patronum! New “Harry Potter” adaptations seem to be in the works. Warner Bros

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Discovery International CEO Gerhard Zeiler discussed his company’s objectives and the “growth of franchises” at the Royal Television Society convention in London.

Zeiler especially identified “Harry Potter,” “Game of Thrones,” and DC films as future undertakings that will bring the firm success.

While there were no specifics on how the “Harry Potter” property will look in the future, there has long been rumours of a TV series circulating — though both Warner Bros. and HBO Max have previously dismissed claims.

“There are no ‘Harry Potter’ series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform,” Warner Bros. and HBO Max said in a joint statement in January 2021. However, it is unclear whether or not that has changed, or if there are any updated developments to a “Potter”-verse, as Zeiler suggested.

Later that year, Daniel Radcliffe expressed what role he would want to play in the event of a reboot. “I would probably want to go with like, Sirius [Black] or [Remus] Lupin,” he said at the time. Most recently, HBO Max released the “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts” documentary in January to celebrate the franchise’s two decades of success.

Late “Harry Potter” star Alan Rickman, who played professor Severus Snape, left behind memories from the original franchise before he died. Excerpts from his journals are set to be published next month in a book titled “Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman.”

Some snippets reveal he wanted to leave the wizard movies, but ended up signing on for more. “Talking to [agent] Paul Lyon-Maris about HP exit, which he thinks will happen,” he wrote on Dec. 4, 2002.

“But here we are in the project-collision area again. Reiterating no more HP. They don’t want to hear it.” By Jan. 30, 2006, he seemed to have a change of heart, though. “Finally, yes to HP 5. The sensation is neither up nor down. The argument that wins is the one that says: ‘See it through. It’s your story.’ ”

SOURCE: www.ghnewslive.com

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