This is a no brainer, right? Big surprise: J.K. Rowling’s (and John Tiffany’s) Harry Potter play, aka Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is a rousing success, so everyone and his sister wants to use the new story to make more money. Like, DUH.
By “everyone and his sister,” of course I mean Warner Bros. studio, who distributed all the Harry Potter movies. And of course they’ll want to bring back Harry 1.0; instead of continuing on with the new cast and letting the stage actors enjoy their newfound explosive fame, the studio really wants Daniel Radcliffe to sign on for another round … but is that really fair to anyone?
After finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Radcliffe said he wanted to step away from Harry and similar roles. With Kill Your Darlings, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, and Swiss Army Man, he’s done an excellent job of breaking audiences out of only envisioning him as Potter. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to believe he ever wore those round spectacles at all.
More than that, what about the amazing Cursed Child cast that’s been assembled in London and won all the accolades they have? Some of their film counterparts — Emma Watson and Rupert Grint – have gone to meet the stage actors and been thrilled with the play. Couldn’t movie audiences come to love Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni, Paul Thornley, Poppy Miller, and Alex Price just as well as their predecessors? We’re salivating for the HP related Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; are original HP stars really necessary? Rhetorical question, I suppose, for Warner Bros. is taking the predictable route.
Warners is secretly working on getting the movie rights and a screenplay settled, and of course in their minds only one man should be Harry.
NYDN says the studio “would be willing to throw huge sums of cash to turn the story into a potential new trilogy.”
It does seem like Radcliffe has allowed for the possibility of a return to playing Harry; this summer, he told Radio Times that though he didn’t really see himself coming back to the role, it would depend on a couple of things:
It would depend on the script. The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there! So I am saying, ‘No,’ for now but leaving room to backtrack in the future.
Start pedaling, Daniel!
The interesting thing will be to see if the studio can round up all the main players: Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast, The Circle) is doing well with her film career, and Rupert Grint (Snatch, Sick Note) has two upcoming TV series. I wonder just how much cash Warner Bros. is willing to conjure up to get them back.