Way back in March this year Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling dismissed rumours that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be adapted for the big screen and reignite the epic fantasy saga – but now it seems Warner Bros Pictures may in fact be seeking a big screen adaptation of the current West End play with none other than Daniel Radcliffe back in the title role.
Though these rumours first dished out by the New York Daily News are yet to be confirmed by anyone remotely associated with the franchise, it wouldn’t exactly be a shock that the studio giant would want to capitalize on one of it’s most successful movie franchises – especially given the current state of it’s DC Cinematic Universe.
An unnamed source at the US newspaper stated that Warner Bros was already moving forward with the project that could see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child released as soon as 2020.
“Warner Bros is secretly working on getting the movie rights and a screenplay settled, and of course in their minds only one man should be Harry. However he 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. Daniel had that job for over a decade with huge success and critical acclaim, but since then he has really established himself as a very strong actor with films like ‘The Woman in Black’ and his Broadway work. He doesn’t need to go back for money or to reboot his career, so he will need some persuading.”
J.K. Rowling, who continues to publish short stories surrounding the boy wizard via her website, co-wrote the ‘Cursed Child’ with the goal of ending the Harry Potter story for good. The play follows Harry and his three children in later life – as his eldest son Albus struggles to live up to his father’s legacy, both father and son soon learn harsh lessons that sometimes darkness comes from the most unexpected of places.
Last month it was rumoured that Warner Bros Pictures had filed to trademark Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, paving the way a new big screen franchise, and with the last installment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 earning over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, the studio will surely do everything in it’s power to make it happen.
In the past Daniel Radcliffe has expressed his desire to put as much space between himself and the franchise as possible, in the hopes of banishing any potential typecasting – though considering the volume of money that Warner Bros may throw his way in the near future, it would surely be difficult to resist revisiting his most famous part.