JK Rowling’s original ‘Harry Potter’ series may soon be adapted as a TV show on HBO Max. Bloomberg He first announced the news on Monday, reporting that Warner Bros. was closing in on a deal that would see all of the books in the franchise episodically adapted for the service: one book per season. Sources familiar with the matter confirmed the talks, but told IndieWire that a deal is not imminent at this time.
It’s a predictable jump into old IP, ahead of Warner Bros.’s bold move to combine HBO Max and Discovery+ into a single streaming platform. The mysterious franken-streamer is expected sometime in the summer of 2023 and will cost about $20 a month, which is roughly $5 more than what similar subscribers are paying now.
Rumors of a Harry Potter TV series have swirled around the fantasy fandom for years, but enthusiasm for the project has increasingly run into Rowling controversy. The author has been widely criticized for his political views and attacks on transgender women and the LGBTQ community online and elsewhere in his writing. Other spinoff mediums have faced the same challenges. Earlier this year, the video game “Roxfort Legacy” experienced a significant online backlash and sparked widespread rumors of a boycott, which eventually died down.
Unlike the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise, the proposed “Harry Potter” TV show would rework the story that Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint already played on the big screen between 2001 and 2011. in some sort of creative producing capacity, but would not serve as showrunner or primary creator, according to Bloomberg.
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