To the surprise of no one, Hollywood already has its eye on the London smash Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Quoting only “Tinseltown sources,” The New York Daily News reports that Warner Bros wants to adapt the two-part play based on J.K. Rowling’s bestselling books about youthful witches and wizards as a movie trilogy, with the first film to premiere as early as 2020.
A Warner Bros spokesperson sent Playbill.com the following official response: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a stage play, with no plans for there to be a film.”
The News said the studio also reportedly wants Daniel Radcliffe, now 27, to play the iconic title role, though it is a secondary part in the play, which is set 20 years after the time of the final book. In Cursed Child, the sons of Potter and his Hogwarts nemesis Draco Malfoy become friends and try to save the wizarding world.
“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,” the News‘ source said. “However he [Radcliffe] 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.”
The play opened to mainly rave reviews July 30 and is now sold out through the end of 2017. Plans for a Broadway production are in the discussion stage.
Warner Bros has produced three of the most successful franchises of the 21st century, the three Lord of the Rings films, the three The Hobbit films and the eight Harry Potter films.
(Updated August 31, 2016)