Warner Bros. is Reportedly in Talks With Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint for New HARRY POTTER Trilogy
Update: J.K. Rowling said it's not true... bummer. But I'm still convinced Warner Bros. will eventually adapt The Cursed Child into a movie.
When the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was introduced to the world, fans knew it was only a matter of time before we saw it adapted into a feature film. Well, it seems like Warner Bros. is taking the necessary steps to see that it happens as they are reportedly having conversations with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint to come back and reprise their roles.
The news comes from Jim Hill, who is a theme park historian and journalist that has some pretty solid contacts at Disney and Universal. He recently was a guest on the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast to talk about a lot of different topics pertaining to Universal Studios Orlando. During that conversation Hill talked about the current contract between NBCUniversal and Warner Bros., which has a specific a clause that allows NBCUniversal the exclusive broadcast rights for all Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films from July 1, 2018, and on. This is where The Cursed Child comes into play. He says:
"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."
He then offers this bit of information that is sure to excite fans:
"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.'"
There's no official confirmation of any of this, this is just a rumor at the moment, but like I said earlier, it's safe to assume that WB is going to adapt The Cursed Child sometime down the road. Hill went on to add that the release date for the first movie is expected to be in 2026, so we've got a long way to go. I guess you can never start too soon to lock down the actors.
It's definitely an interesting report and it would be pretty cool if everything actually did come together for it if there's any truth to this. Until then, we'll have all the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films to enjoy!