The Harry Potter new series centered on a British orphan Harry Potter tasked with saving the world, as well as avenging the death of his parents by defeating longtime enemy Voldemort. The popularity of the books, which once struggled to find a publisher, sparked the interest of Warner Bros. Pictures which adapted the novels into an eight-part film series in the early 2000s.
After the spin-off series fantastic beasts and where to find them didn’t do well at the box office, David Zaslav seemed interested in bringing the Harry Potter franchise by releasing a two-part adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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David Zaslav is keen on adapting Cursed Child
Fan favorite Harry Potter The franchise was a huge success at the box office. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 were among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time, ranking 48th and 15th respectively. These two films grossed over $1 billion, with the entire series being the fourth highest-grossing film series with $7.7 billion in worldwide revenue.
Aware of the value of the franchise, David Zaslav has shown interest in bringing the series back with the film adaptation of cursed child. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is originally a play co-written by JK Rowlings that tells the story of the friendship between Harry Potter’s son, Albus Severus Potter, and Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpio Malfoy, and the fiascos that a turner of time could cause. However, the idea of adapting cursed child as a two-part film was rejected by JK Rowlings, the author of the Harry Potter series of books.
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As fans seem excited for the return of the Harry Potter franchise, an adaptation of cursed child may not be the wisest idea to move forward.
Possible end of the Fantastic Beasts franchise
The fantastic beasts franchise served as a prequel to the Harry Potter film franchise. However, while three parts of the pentalogy series have already been released, the future doesn’t look so bright for the other two.
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While the mixed fan reactions to the film series slightly indicated its hiatus, David Zaslav’s statement casually disregarding the franchise’s existence grabbed headlines.
“We’re really going to focus on the franchises. We haven’t had a Superman movie in 13 years. We haven’t made a Harry Potter movie for 15 years. The DC movies and the Harry Potter movies provided a lot of profit for Warner Bros. Motion Pictures over the past 25 years.
The reason why the fantastic beasts The franchise failed was that the movies didn’t tell such a strong story to keep fans going back to the theaters to watch it continue. Films after the first part of the franchise were original, rather than based on Rowlings’ books, which might not have been well received by fans of a franchise built on a novel.
While the franchise made a good attempt at telling the story, it could have failed due to the cast change as well as several fans boycotting it.
Harry Potter fans are waiting for the return of the Harry Potter franchise, hopefully not in the form of an adaptation Cursed child.
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