Earlier this month, we brought you the story of new and somewhat controversial (not in a legitimately bad way, just in a purely business-sense way) Warner Bros. Discovery President David Zaslav saying that the studio wants to make Harry Potter films if franchise creator J.K. Rolwing is game.
At the time, it was unclear what exactly Zaslav meant — prequels, spinoffs, reboots, sequels? — but thanks to a new report from Puck News, we now know that the new WBD. chief appears to be eyeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Debuting in London in 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now on Broadway and serves as a sequel to the main Harry Potter story. Set nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Cursed Child follows Harry Potter — who is now Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic — and his young son, Albus Severus Potter, who is on the verge of beginning his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
New Warner Bros. Discovery President David Zaslav reportedly wants to adapt the Broadway play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to the big screen
The Puck News report also claims that former Warner Bros. Pictures chairman Toby Emmerich also wanted to turn the play into a two-film adaptation.
Toby Emmerich once had the idea for a potential 2-film adaption of ‘HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD’ but J.K. Rowling wasn’t interested in going forward with that.
Zaslav plans to try to bring up the idea of adapting ‘Cursed Child’ again.
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) November 14, 2022
This certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Hollywood has expressed an interest in The Cursed Child, as Chris Columbus — the Home Alone filmmaker who directed the first two Harry Potter films (Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets) — previously expressed an interest in helming the project if the original cast returned.
Warner Bros., of course, has spent recent years making Harry Potter prequels, one of which — Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — came out this year. The problem is, though, that they stink and no one cares about them.