Back in March, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling shot down rumors that a movie adaptation of her new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was happening, but that may not be true anymore. This story, the eighth in the Harry Potter canon, was conceived specifically for the stage, with this new play debuting earlier this summer in London’s West End. Today we have a new rumor that Daniel Radcliffe himself is being sought by Warner Bros. to reprise his iconic role as Harry Potter for a big-screen version of this play.
This new report from New York Daily News has not been confirmed by J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros. The source claimed that the studio wants to debit the movie as early as 2020. Here’s what the site’s unidentified insider had to say about what Warner Bros. is doing to make this movie adaptation happen.
“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. 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.”
Earlier this month, J.K. Rowling revealed that this two-part stage play brings Harry Potter’s story to an end. The story follows Harry as a father of three children, working for the Ministry of Magic, as his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. For those who can’t make it to London’s West End, the script book is currently available for purchase.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a Cursed Child movie. Last month, a report surfaced that revealed Warner Bros. filed for a trademark for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on July 8. Up to this point, virtually every other trademark filed for The Cursed Child had been done by J.K. Rowling, which lead to speculation that a movie may be in the works after all. Regardless of whether or not this movie is happening, Warner Bros. will release the new adventure Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set 70 years before Harry and his friends first enroll at Hogwarts, on November 16. The 27-year-old Daniel Radcliffe has said in the past that he wants to put some distance between himself and his famous role, most recently starring in a trio of summer movies, the big-budget sequel Now You See Me 2 and indie movies Swiss Army Man and this month’s Imperium.