The will exists, but nothing concrete …
HBO Max begins to expand into new markets, including Brazil. One of the new streaming service’s most valuable franchises is Harry Potter, but according to Casey Bloys – the head of HBO Max – nothing new is being produced in the Wizarding World.
A few weeks ago, word of a new live action series set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was circulating on the internet. The information was that Warner was looking for writers for a spinoff of the franchise, but it is not. Even though there is a will, Casey has come out to deny that there is any production of the genre in development.
In a conversation with TheWrap, he explained that the Harry Potter franchise is very profitable and that the company wants to find new ways to exploit it. However, there is no deal at this time to bring the Little Witch to small screens.
“There’s no deal at the moment, nothing in development or anything like that. But taking advantage of the topic, we don’t need to just think about Harry Potter, but I think – we could talk about Game of Thrones or maybe DC. These are very, very valuable WarnerMedia properties. So it is clear that we want to make sure that we use them in the best possible way. Of course, it would be great to have more of Harry Potter, you know – I was going to agree to anything (from the franchise). But there’s nothing now that I can look at and say, “Ah, we’re having a series this year.” I wish, but there is nothing at the moment.
It’s possible that after a series of controversies, Warner is considering the most strategic way to reinvent the Harry Potter franchise.
At the moment, the biggest confirmed projects of Wizarding World are the films of the Fantastic Animals saga and the game Hogwarts Legacy, scheduled for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One.
Controversial harry potter
Lately, the image of the Harry Potter franchise has suffered from several controversies involving important personalities of the saga. For starters, the author of the books in the series – JK Rowling – is accused of spending her time writing social media offenses to transgender people. Several actors in the films have spoken on the subject, but the writer has not backed down.
Additionally, Fantastic Beasts struggles to replace the cast of its main villain. Johnny Depp, who lived Gerardo Grindewald, was on trial for assaulting his then wife Amber Heard. The actor was recently fired and replaced by Mads Mikkelsen, who will be featured in the next film in the franchise.
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