Sources inform The Hollywood Reporter that executives have had a collection of conferences with writers with the objective of bringing the blockbuster franchise to tv.
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A Harry Potter live-action TV collection is in early improvement at HBO Max. Sources inform The Hollywood Reporter that executives on the WarnerMedia-backed streamer have engaged in a number of conversations with potential writers exploring numerous concepts that will carry the beloved property to tv. Sources say broad concepts have been mentioned as a part of the early-stage exploratory conferences.
Whereas it is information that executives at HBO Max and Warners are engaged in conferences to discover a author and pitch for a Harry Potter TV collection, no writers or expertise are at present connected because the conversations are nonetheless within the extraordinarily early phases and no offers have been made. “There are not any Harry Potter collection in improvement on the studio or on the streaming platform,” HBO Max and Warner Bros. reaffirmed in a press release to THR.
Increasing the world of Harry Potter stays a prime precedence for HBO Max and Warner Bros., which together with creator J.Okay. Rowling, controls rights to the property. Harry Potter is certainly one of Warners’ Most worthy items of IP. (It is also price declaring that whereas Harry Potter stays a beloved franchise, Rowling sparked backlash from the trans group after saying that transgender people ought to be outlined by their organic intercourse.)
Information that talks are beneath means for a Harry Potter TV collection ought to come as no shock given the worth of the franchise to Warner Bros. Rowling’s seven-book collection was tailored as eight characteristic movies that grossed greater than $7 billion worldwide. Warners additionally has the Incredible Beasts prequel collection of movies, with the third set to bow subsequent yr and two extra prone to come afterward.
The plans for a Harry Potter TV collection ought to be seen as a rightful extension of the property at a time when WarnerMedia (like different conglomerates) is prioritizing its streaming service. HBO Max launched final yr and is the house the entire firm’s Most worthy mental property. The platform is the streaming residence of DC Comics movies, with a number of TV spinoffs and originals already within the works. The streamer can also be the house of mega-hit Associates (with a reunion deliberate to movie in March for the service), Sport of Thrones and all of HBO’s originals, together with Intercourse and the Metropolis. The latter was lately revived with three of its authentic stars returning for a brand new TV collection as HBO Max leans into its IP to turn into essential subscription service. (It is also price noting that HBO is constructing out its Sport of Thrones arsenal with a number of different initiatives within the works, all of which might finally stay on HBO Max.)
The Harry Potter franchise has sophisticated rights points. Rowling controls the franchise and has a say in the whole lot involving the property. NBCUniversal in 2016 inked a wealthy seven-year rights cope with Warner Bros. Home TV Distribution that included U.S. broadcast, cable and streaming rights to the Wizarding World franchise. That deal, which ends in April 2025, included digital initiatives in addition to theme park content material and occasions. The pact additionally meant Warners execs needed to make a aspect deal that allowed the entire Harry Potter options to briefly stream on HBO Max when the service launched final Might. The movies left the service after three months and can return to NBCUniversal’s lately launched streamer, Peacock, at a date to be decided later this yr.