One of the most profitable franchises in cinematic history, Harry Potter, looks to continue its ongoing expansion. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, a live-action television series set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter is in early development at HBO Max.
Per the initial report, the creative forces-that-be over at HBO Max and WarnerMedia have held several meetings with a bevy of screenwriters, discussing broad ideas to bring the “Boy Who Lived” to HBO Max. Moreover, the news is met with adulation from fans as it will offer opportunities to expand on the source material.
However, while the conversations are ongoing, no writers, producers, or directors are officially on-board at the time of this writing. HBO Max and Warner Bros. denied the reports in a statement to THR despite sources claiming the opposite. The new series will follow recent projects like The Fantastic Beasts prequel films, starring Eddie Redmayne. With two installments already produced and released, the third Fantastic Beasts film is currently in production with Mads Mikkelsen replacing Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald. Moreover, a stage production titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a roaring success on Broadway.
Debuting in June 1997, the Harry Potter novels tout immense popularity, positive reviews, and commercial success worldwide. Additionally, the film adaptations launched the careers of stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson and gross $7.7 billion at the worldwide box office. Following the titular character, the story charts unconditional friendship and pits the forces of good and evil against one another.
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