The Harry Potter series has entered production and will appear on the Max streaming service (renamed HBO Max).
Following the announcement of HBO Max’s name change, the giant revealed that it was working on a Harry Potter series that would be faithful to the original material. According to David Zaslav, chairman of Warner Bros. Discovery, the series is set to span a decade and will be produced with the same care that sets the franchise apart.
“The stories from each of Rowling’s Harry Potter books will be a decade-long series crafted with the same epic craftsmanship, love and care that this global franchise is known for,” Zaslav said during Max’s presentation. . “The series will feature a new cast leading a new generation of fans, full of fantastical detail, beloved characters and dramatic locations that Harry Potter fans have loved for over 25 years,” he said. .
According to Zaslav, each season will be authentic to the books and aim to attract new audiences from around the world. The Harry Potter series will be produced by Warner Bros. JK Rowling will serve as executive producer while Warner finalizes negotiations to sign David Heyman, who was responsible for eight original films.
The Harry Potter series will live up to the books
Although the phrase “attracting new audiences” doesn’t always sit well with fans, Warner Bros. choose another path. The managers know that Harry Potter is a cultural phenomenon and so they will help JK Rowling to ensure the series stays true to its source material. The ten-year project will delve into each of the books with the help of the author.
“Max’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of my books is important to me, and I look forward to being a part of this new adaptation that offers the kind of depth and detail that only a full television series can,” Rowling said.
Warner Bros. is looking for a showrunner to lead the series, as well as a screenwriter suitable for the franchise. At the moment there are no details on the date of the premiere, although it will not take place in the next two years. Harry Potter is currently owned by NBCUniversal under a signed deal with Warner that expires in April 2025.
The Harry Potter series could be the starting point for Warner Bros. The franchise has made millions in profits after eight movies, a Fantastic Beasts spin-off, and the recent release of Hogwarts Legacy. The video game broke sales records and grossed over $1 billion in sales, becoming the most successful adaptation of all time.
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