According to the New York Daily News, studio executives at Warner Bros. want to turn Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — a full length theater play set 19 years after the ending of the final Harry Potter book — into a movie trilogy.
That news shouldn’t surprise you, since the Potter franchise makes millions whenever something new is released. What is surprising, perhaps, are the reports that the studio is trying to butter up Daniel Radcliffe himself to return as the title character, despite him saying on numerous occasions that he wants to move on from the character.
“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,” according to a well-placed Hollywood source. “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.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been a huge success on the stage, and when the script was released as a book, it quickly shot up the best sellers list. The story follows the children of Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermoine as they attend Hogwarts. Without spoiling anything too much, time travel is heavily involved.
If the studio gets its way, we could see a film version of the story hit cinemas within four or five years. However, it may take some serious convincing (and serious cash) to get Radcliffe back. And what’s a Harry Potter film without Harry Potter?