A ‘Harry Potter’ TV Series is Reportedly Brewing at Warner Bros.
It seems the wheels are in motion at HBO Max and Warner Bros. for the long-sought TV adaptation of all seven of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, with the company reportedly in talks with the writer herself. Bloomberg, which initially broke the news surrounding the probable deal, reports that the TV series would be based on J.K. Rowling‘s best-selling book series, with each season covering one of the novels, thus hinting at a potential reboot of the long-running franchise that would go on for years to come. Bloomberg even notes that adapting each book into a full-fledged season on TV will “allow the writers to delve further” into the original stories. How good.
While the deal still hasn’t been officially approved, Deadline says that HBO Max “is in talks with Rowling” to come on board as a producer. However, the project is still in somewhat of a grey area. Since Rowling holds creative authority over any exploitation of her work, for a TV series to get a go-ahead HBO will need to reach some sort of an agreement with the writer. It’s being reported that Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav and HBO head Casey Bloys have apparently been trying to persuade Rowling to approve the series.
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If the deal goes through, Warner Bros Television will be producing the series as an HBO Max Original. The Harry Potter franchise is one of the most profitable and biggest franchises at Warner Bros., commanding a massive fan following worldwide even after the franchise ended in 2011. So it comes as no surprise that the company is looking to replicate the success of the movies on small screens. The company has been trying to put together a Harry Potter TV series for a while, but nothing significant is yet to come to fruition.
During the Q4 2022 earnings call, President and CEO of Warner Bros. Discover, David Zaslav expressed that the company would take “full advantage” of its IP, including Harry Potter. “I believe that we have an overwhelming advantage in the marketplace with the IP that we own,” Zaslav said. “We have the strongest hand in the industry, with the most complete portfolio of assets and globally renowned franchises, personalities and storytelling IP across sports, news, nonfiction and entertainment, in virtually every region of the globe and in every language.”