If they can make 8-9 hour long film trilogies based on a slim Tolkien book and a faux Potter-universe textbook, why not a play?
The New York Daily News is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures is eager to approach 27-year-old Daniel Radcliffe to reprise the role of Harry Potter for a potential trilogy of films based on the recent play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”.
Set nineteen years after the events of “The Deathly Hallows,” in the series Harry is now the overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. As he grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.
The report claims the studio is securing the movie rights on the sly and wants Radcliffe to return as the older Harry, despite the times the actor has said he’s done with the role and wants to “keep some distance” between himself and the role that made him famous.
The trouble with this news is that on the one hand it’s a no brainer that Warners wants to extend its cash cow franchise. On the other, author J.K. Rowling has previously said the work is very much a stage play and didn’t seem keen on the idea of a film adaptation. Whatever her wishes, they must acquiesce.
Even their source says: “[Radcliffe] has made it clear that his mind is certainly not focused on returning to the role anytime soon – and that could be until he hits 40.”