Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Adaptation Being Pushed by Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav

Warner Bros. Is reportedly eyeing a big-screen adaptation of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. According to a recent report by Puck News, producer Toby Emmerich had planned to transform the hugely successful show into an epic “two-film adaptation,” but while that didn’t take off at the time, Chief Executive Officer and President of Warner Bros. Discovery. David Zaslav now wants to make it happen.

As per the report, “Emmerich brought up an idea that had been pitched before: A potential two-film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the originally five-hour stage play that had become a smash success in London and on Broadway.” Written by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, and directed by the latter, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child debuted on stage back in 2016.

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The story picks up nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter, now Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic, and his younger son, Albus Severus Potter, who is about to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The play was received well by critics, though Potter aficionados took issue with certain elements of the story. Nevertheless, adapting Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would certainly make sense now that the Fantastic Beasts franchise has been put on pause, with the Eddie Redmayne-led series the main reason why the play was not adapted way back when.

“Alas, Rowling and Co. weren’t interested in Cursed Child movies, at least not then, which isn’t too surprising,” the report continues. “Lead stage producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender knew the life-cycle of a hit Broadway play, which is typically to milk the theater and touring and cruise ship grosses before greenlighting a film, a la Wicked. Plus, moving on to Cursed Child would have been an admission that Fantastic Beasts wasn’t working, a tough pill for Rowling to swallow because she was so creatively involved.”

Well, now David Zaslav reportedly plans to try to once again broach the idea of bringing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to the silver screen.

Warner Bros. Eager to Make More Movies in the Wizarding World

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Aside from adapting Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the screen, Warner Bros. is eager for more projects set in the Wizarding World. David Zaslav has stated that he has his sights set on the big screen, and plans for the studio to focus primarily on tentpole franchises. Concerning Harry Potter, Zaslav has recently revealed that the studio is interested in making more movies with J.K. Rowling. “We’re going to focus on franchises. We haven’t had a Superman movie in 13 years. We haven’t done a Harry Potter in 15 years. The DC movies and the Harry Potter movies provided a lot of the profits for Warner Bros. … over the past 25 years,” he said before adding, “If we can do something with J.K. on Harry Potter going forward.”

But it’s not just the big screen that will feature these franchises, with Sarah Aubrey, the Head of Original Content at HBO Max, revealing that a series set in the Harry Potter world is being eyed for release on the streaming platform. “We’re very much in the business of creating new content for those fans and thinking what to do next,” she said when asked if we would see a return to Hogwarts on HBO Max.

Would you like to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child adapted for the screen? Or are there better ways to continue the Wizarding World franchise?