The most recent installment in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, opened as a play on the London stage at the end of July. Meanwhile, on screen, the Harry Potter universe continues to expand with a prequel based on one of the Hogwarts textbooks. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne and directed by David Yates, comes to screens this November. The film, also written by J.K. Rowling, tells the story of Newt Scamander in the witching world of New York City in the 1920s. The film with be the first in a new series from Warner Brothers.
Now, it seems that the studio is already looking past the Fantastic Beasts trilogy, and onto the possibility of bringing Harry Potter And The Cursed Child to the big screen - with a familiar face back in a starring role.
According to a report by NY Daily News, WB are already in talks to turn Harry Potter and the Cursed Child into a movie, with a potential release date planned for as early as 2020. The source also claims that the studio wants the original star of the franchise, Daniel Radcliffe, to reprise his role in the film.
Radcliffe shot to fame as Harry Potter in 2001, and spent ten years with the franchise. Since then, he has gone on to establish himself firmly as a serious actor. From Broadway plays to horror projects such as Horns and The Woman In Black, he has proven that he is more than just The Boy Who Lived. However, if The Cursed Child should make it to screen, it would be difficult to imagine it without Radcliffe returning.
The play picks up many years after the events of the original Harry Potter series, as Harry, Ron and Hermione struggle with the pitfalls of adulthood: work, marriage and children. Harry and his middle son, Albus, have the added burden of the family legacy — bringing down the Dark Lord as a teenager and saving the Wizarding World is a lot to live up to, for both of them.
Any fan of the original series would love to see Radcliffe, and Harry Potter, return to the screen. Since the play was announced, fans have been clamoring for it to be adapted to the screen, thrilled at the idea of seeing the franchise continue. Should the film get the green light, Radcliffe would be returning after nearly a decade's break from his iconic role — and no one can doubt his acting chops given the projects he has been involved with in that time. A return to the franchise wouldn't be a step back, but a way to give something more to the fans that have supported him over the years. The story itself would also be a phenomenal way to introduce a whole new cast of young actors, and continue their adventures at Hogwarts — passing the torch, as it were.
However, some may feel that The Cursed Child shouldn't be made into a movie, with or without Radcliffe. Some fans were disappointed with the play, feeling that it changed some fundamental aspects of beloved characters, or that it deviated too far from canon. Bringing this into the on-screen Wizarding World could create continuity issues, or end up a disappointment to the fandom.
Bringing the entire cast back would also be difficult — although fans would love to see them all back together again, many of the actors (Radcliffe included) seem determined to distance themselves from the franchise to avoid being typecast. Bringing back a partial cast, or re-casting entirely would be problematic, and may lead some fans to think it would be better to expand from the Fantastic Beasts story, instead.
It's also important to note that this is all rumor, for now. We'll keep you updated as more develops on a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently playing at the Palace Theater in London. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will arrive in theaters on November 18th, 2016.
Source: NY Daily News