It's beginning to seem like the Harry Potter craze will never end -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing!
The Harry Potter book series ended back in 2007, nearly ten years ago, and four years later, in 2011, the film series came to its own climactic conclusion. In the time between then and now, we've seen the opening of two Harry Potter-themed parks, the release of several little short stories written by author J.K. Rowling herself, the production of the first of three spinoff films, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the opening of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play in England.
Fandom for this franchise never truly ended, and there's no indication that it's going to do so any time soon. For a while, all the momentum for the Wizarding World -- at least on the film front -- seemed to be skewing towards the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This is a film that's set in the same world, albeit decades earlier, and set in America, and from what we know, Warner Bros. is set to turn that particular franchise into its own trilogy.
But there is no denying the popularity of the actual story and character of Harry Potter. As mentioned above, we recently saw the opening of the play in England, and we also saw the release of that play in book form earlier this year. There's a hunger fans have to see this play on the big screen, and if a rumor from NY Daily News is to be believed, it's a hunger that Warner Bros. is fully aware of. According to the outlet, the studio may be preparing to adapt the play to the silver screen as soon as 2020, a mere 4 years from now.
However, one has to wonder if that means Radcliffe would be willing to return on such short notice.
NY Daily News' source stated:
“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.”
From the sound of it, Radcliffe would much rather wait a good thirteen or so years before returning to the role that made him famous, which is not ideal. Let's be real, no one apart from Radcliffe, would be able to believably portray that character on the big screen. As such, the folks over Warner Bros. may be willing to send over dump trucks of money to help convince the actor otherwise.
The source continued:
“Daniel had that job for over a decade with huge success and critical acclaim, but since then he has really established himself as a very strong actor with films like The Woman in Black and his Broadway work. He doesn't need to go back for money or to reboot his career, so he will need some persuading.”
Based on early timetables for the release of Fantastic Beasts from Warner Bros., released some time ago, 2020 would also mark the release of the final film of that trilogy, so around that time, the studio would be in search of another guaranteed cash cow. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child could fit the bill, especially if they turn the play into a full trilogy that follows both Harry and his son Albus, as rumored.
At this point, I don't think it's a question of if the play will be adapted to the big screen, but rather when.
So what do you think? When will Harry Potter and the Cursed Child hit the big screen? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: NY Daily News