Warner Bros. nears closing a deal for Harry Potter on-line TV sequence: Sources

Every season of the sequence will likely be primarily based on one among JK Rowling’s seven books, stated the folks, who requested to not be recognized for the reason that deal hasn’t been introduced, suggesting years of contemporary fare from the favored tales.

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The corporate is hoping the sequence may be one cornerstone of a brand new streaming technique that will likely be introduced subsequent week by HBO’s mother or father, Warner Bros.

The corporate’s chief government officer, David Zaslav, and HBO chief Casey Bloys have labored to persuade Rowling to provide a brand new sequence, however the deal hasn’t been accomplished.

The sequence would permit the writers to delve additional into the world of Rowling’s books, a lot of that are longer than 500 pages. Warner Bros. beforehand turned every of the seven books into a success film, culminating in a two-part movie primarily based on the ultimate installment.

Warner Bros. has been desperate to do extra with one of many best-selling guide sequence of all-time. Whereas Rowling blessed a stage play adaptation and a theme-park attraction, she had but to log off on new motion pictures or a TV present.

A spokesman for Warner Bros. declined to remark.

The creator will likely be concerned within the sequence to make sure it stays loyal to her authentic materials however won’t run the present daily or function its major creator, the folks stated. Rowling has at occasions generated controversy with remarks in regards to the trans neighborhood.

Warner Bros. is getting ready to announce a brand new streaming technique, together with the title Max for its flagship on-line service, which debuted as HBO Max. Key to that technique will likely be having new content material, particularly movies and TV reveals primarily based on tales and characters that viewers already know.

Zaslav has determined he desires to spend money on fewer motion pictures and TV reveals and have those the corporate does make be of a better caliber. In February he introduced that the corporate could be making a brand new sequence of movies primarily based on Lord of the Rings, though particulars nonetheless should be labored out.

The Harry Potter books inform the story of a younger wizard whose mother and father have been slain when he was an toddler and is then raised by his non-magical aunt and uncle. He discovers he’s a wizard and is invited to attend Hogwarts, the world’s main faculty for wizards.

The sequence has additionally spawned a stage manufacturing, Harry Potter and the Cursed Baby.

However it’s the books themselves and the seven movies which have had the most important influence. In line with the US writer Scholastic Corp., the guide sequence has bought 600 million copies in 85 languages over 25 years, changing into the all-time bestseller.

The eight movies primarily based on the sequence generated worldwide ticket gross sales of greater than $7.7 billion, in response to Field Workplace Mojo.

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