Everybody wants to cash in on the Harry Potter mania.
From in-universe books, merchandise of everything from scarves to jewelry to condoms (Warner Bros is suing the makers for it) and a theme park, there's everything for the Harry Potter fan.
The total box office figure for the Harry Potter films is 7.7 billion dollars, and it was the highest grossing franchise till Marvel Cinematic Universe took over the mantle, according to this box office report.
Warner Brothers is all set to get back in the game later this year with the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which is releasing on 17 November 2016.
Speaking of spin-offs, the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Jack Thorne-written, Rowling-approved play opened to rave reviews on stage and fans had already pre-ordered the book worldwide before it released on Harry Potter (and J.K.Rowling)'s birthday on 31 July 2016.
Cursed Child, which premiered at London's West End Palace Theatre, was sold out almost immediately and even the resell tickets, costing 1000 pounds each, were hard to get hold of.
Taking all this into account, there's no reason why Warner Bros will not try and cash in on the mania and come up with a film adaptation of the play.
The rumours started when New York Daily News cited certain Hollywood sources claiming Warner Bros. was in talks to make the play into a film, and wanted Daniel Radcliffe to play 'The Boy Who Lived', "Warner Bros is secretly working on getting the movie rights and a screenplay settled, and of course in their minds only one man should be Harry. However (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."
Given that the actor has starred in all eight movies, it’s certainly hard to imagine anyone else playing Harry on screen; though by all accounts, Jamie Parker has already done an outstanding job of playing the 37-year-old troubled adult in the play.
But how do you cast Radcliffe, now 27, as a damaged middle-aged wizard on screen?
Also, the plot involves time travel, where we see a younger version of Harry and Cedric in the maze during the Tri-Wizard tournament. Will the film take us to the fourth film where the scene actually happened or will the flashback have different actors playing the Tri-Wizard tournament champions?
Now that Alan Rickman is not with us anymore, who will play Snape in the flashbacks? With Maggie Smith reprise her role as Minerva Mcgonagall?
There are too many loose-ends to tie up before the film gets the green light (if it is going to be made).
Till then we can look forward to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which also sets off a whole other trilogy, the second installment of which is expected on 16 November 2018, and the third releases on 20 November 2020.
First Published On : Sep 7, 2016 11:59 IST