Given the rapturous success of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London, the forthcoming film franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and J.K. Rowling's new short story collection set in the wizarding world, Harry Potter is having a major pop culture moment. But is Warner Bros. looking to capitalize on The Boy Who Lived's resurgence? (Of course they are! This is Hollywood.)
The New York Daily News reports that the studio is desperate to make more Harry Potter movies in the wake of The Cursed Child's record-breaking success. According to the report, Warner Bros. is interested in turning Albus Severus Potter's adventure into a trilogy. Adding fuel to the rumor mill fire, Warner Bros. did recently file a new trademark for The Cursed Child — a Class 9, which is specifically for motion pictures.
"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 Daily News source alleged. And that man is Daniel Radcliffe.
There's only one problem: Radcliffe wants nothing to do with Harry Potter for the foreseeable future. After all, he spent a decade playing the Boy Wizard, and he's since distanced himself from Potter with recent films like Swiss Army Man and Imperium.
In a recent interview with the Radio Times, the actor, now 27, revealed what it would take to bring him back to the wizarding world. "It would depend on the script," he said. "The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo, and look what happened there! So I am saying no for now, but leaving room to backtrack in the future."
That's fair. Perhaps Warner Bros. will wait for Radcliffe to turn 40 before approaching him with an offer. But first they'll need to convince Rowling, since she's been very adamant that there are no plans for a Cursed Child movie.
Hmm. So what is the truth?! If only we had some Veritaserum right about now.