A deal for a Harry Potter television program, based on the Young Adult book series by British author J.K. Rowling, is in its final stages to air on both HBO and streaming platforms, according to an anonymous source.
The source, who spoke with Bloomberg News, suggests that each season of the proposed show will cover the events of one book in the series, a seven-part saga that follows the adventures of young wizard Harry Potter and his friends as they confront the evil wizard who murdered his parents.
Harry Potter: J.K. Rowling’s involvement
According to the source, Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. CEO David Zaslav and HBO chief Casey Bloys have plans to unveil a new streaming strategy that includes the proposed series. Rowling has been tapped to produce the show, but discussions are reportedly still in progress. The series will be available both on HBO and online.
The controversial author, deemed transphobic due to her often-inaccurate and disparaging remarks about transgender people, will be part of the production in order to guarantee that the adaptation is “faithful to her source material.” However, she will not be responsible for the show’s day-to-day production.
Harry Potter: the reboot
The television series will be a complete reboot of the franchise, previously adapted into eight blockbuster films between 2001 and 2011, which earned a combined $7.7 billion. The source claims that the series will provide an opportunity for writers to explore Rowling’s Wizarding World more deeply.
Warner Bros. is gearing up to reveal plans for their streaming platform, which is set to replace HBO Max upon its release. A critical part of the company’s strategy is to create new content based on movies and television shows that have established fan bases.
The Harry Potter franchise has spawned a number of spinoffs, including the Fantastic Beasts franchise and Hogwarts Legacy, a video game released in February.
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