UPDATE: In light of the previously-reported rumor, author J.K. Rowling has taken to Twitter to dispel any plans to turn Harry Potter and the Cursed Child into a trilogy of films in the future.
So there you have it. That's not to say this couldn't happen down the line, but as it stands, there are no current plans to do this.
It's always funny to see ideas you once kicked around suddenly become a reality...
Several months ago, while everyone was talking about the recent opening of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child in London's Palace Theater and the impending arrival of the cinematic spinoff of J.K. Rowling's magical wizarding world Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, I speculated the following:
- Warner Bros. will revisit the proper Harry Potter franchise two years after the final Fantastic Beasts comes out
- By then Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint will have aged themselves into about the period their characters are meant to be when Cursed Child takes place
- At the time, Fantastic Beasts was only going to be a trilogy- with entries coming out in 2016, 2018, and 2020. So I said you should expect the next Harry Potter film, with the original trio of actors, in 2022.
If the latest rumor is any indication, the only adjustment you'll have to make to my old speculation is to add the other two Fantastic Beasts movies that were added after I made it. With those coming out in 2022 and 2024, that means we'll get that next Harry Potter in 2026.
Here's what all the latest fuss is about:
Jim Hill, a legendary theme park journalist who has deep, deep ties to Disney and Universal, recently appeared on the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, where he made a couple of statements that have Potterfiles everywhere freaking out.
Here's what Hill said about a deal that's been struck between Warner Bros. and NBCUniversal:
"They not only have Potter, they have Fantastic Beasts and, supposedly, if you drill down into the language of the deal, they also have – when they’re finally made – the trilogy of movies that will be based on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child."
But he didn't stop there!
"I have heard that Warner Bros. has actually had conversations with [Emma Watson], with Rupert [Grint], and, of course, Daniel [Radcliffe] about Cursed Child, ‘cause they want this to be, for lack of a better term, Harry Potter: The Force Awakens. They want this trilogy of movies to have the actors that we know and love from the original films, that we watched grow up, as adults. And, of course, they’re hiring a bunch of new, younger actors to play their children with the hope that, if we can lean on J.K. [Rowling], maybe there’ll be The Cursed Adolescent."
Now, that last bit is clearly just Hill being cheeky, but the rest of what he said speaks volumes. It looks like Warner Bros. wants to pull off the kind of casting coup Lucasfilm did when they brought back the "Core 3" of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford from the original Star Wars trilogy, and so they're already having conversations with Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint about being ready for a return to Hogwarts in 2016!
Exciting stuff, eh?
There's always the possibility that this is just Warner Bros. investigating all of its available options, doing its due diligence, and that there won't be anything too magical that comes out of this. But, for now, it would appear we've been given some insight into what the WB has up the sleeves of its magical robes.
What would you think of a Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Trilogy that would start in 2026 and bring back the Core 3. Sound off below!