WB Reportedly Wants Daniel Radcliffe to Reprise His Wizardly Role in a HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Film Trilogy
Well, we could have seen this one coming. According to the New York Daily News, Warner Bros. is quietly looking to acquire the rights to the popular stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the hopes of turning it into a new film trilogy "as soon as 2020," and naturally they want Daniel Radcliffe to reprise his role as The Boy Who Lived.
Obviously this makes a lot of sense from WB's perspective. While the DC movies have been critically reviled, they're largely financially successful — but they're still not the outright box office behemoths studio president Kevin Tsujihara wants/needs them to be. So looking at the studio's other limited franchises, the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies (a sequel is already greenlit, with a trilogy likely assured) have a lot of pressure on them to deliver in a big way. Harry Potter has always meant big business for Warners, and getting Radcliffe to wear those glasses again would be a huge coup for the studio. Whether or not this story has any truth to it, or whether or not Radcliffe would actually accept such a proposal (despite the ungodly sums of money they would surely offer him to do so) remains to be seen. If the first of these Cursed Child movies were to actually come out in 2020, that would be 19 years after Radcliffe first played the role in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
J.K. Rowling has said that The Cursed Child is the final Harry Potter story, and if that holds true, I can easily imagine WB wanting to eke out as much money as they can from the franchise before it's completely dry. We'll keep you posted if and when we hear more.