As Warner Bros. Studios dusts off the Harry Potter Franchise, they enlisted the talent of J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter films produced billions of dollars for the studio and on Thursday they announced the deal which includes new films, a television mini-series, and even a theme park attraction.
Nestled with in the deal is an agreement that new Harry Potter attractions may be used at the Universal Studios theme parks. The BBC Mini-series based upon “The Casual Vacancy” is set for production next year. The book on which it was based was published last year, layering elements of drug addiction and domestic abuse within a solid plot.
While Warner becomes the new global distributer for a BBC mini-series of a Rowling novel dealing with adult themes, the deal initiates Rowling into the world of screenwriting. Ms. Rowling will be adapting her book within a book, “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” to the big screen. This is the first in a series of films where Warner is planning to partner with Ms. Rowling.
The idea of screenwriting was proposed by Rowling when Warner approached her with the idea of a film based on the “Fantastic Beasts” title from the Harry Potter series. Although having no experience writing screenplays, she was inspired at the prospect of creating this film.
“I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt,” Ms. Rowling said in a statement.
“As I considered Warner’s proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge,” she said further, “That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Brothers.”
The film she imagined was “an extension of the wizarding world,” she said, and also quickly explained it would not be a sequel or prequel to the Harry Potter series.
She is once again in the world of Harry Potter with the new film, only this time the setting is New York based. Having it take place seventy years prior to Harry Potter’s story, this is a story based on Newt Scamander, once a Headmaster of Hogwarts, and his quest to document all of the magical beasts in the wizarding world. Where Ms. Rowling will take the story beyond that remains a mystery.
With Warner Bros. Studios supporting her, and the fan base she has attracted with the Harry Potter franchise, Rowling is in a unique position to try a new approach in a familiar venue. Not one to run away from challenges, she is set for another smashing success.
Written By: Emily Ann Selden