If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series – the books, the films, or both – then you probably have at least a passing familiarity with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the upcoming two-part stage play that will open in London’s West End later this month. The limited nature of theatrical engagements means that plenty of fans will be left out in the cold and unable to experience the next chapter of the Potter saga, but as a small consolation, the play’s script will be published in book form the day after the production officially opens.
Of course, reading the script isn’t quite the same as being in the audience, and fans will no doubt be clamoring for a professionally filmed version of the play to be released at some point in the future. Unless, of course, there are other plans in the works…
Hot on the heels of Daniel Radcliffe’s recent comments that he would be open to reprising his role as The Boy Who Lived comes an interesting development, as /Film reports that Warner Bros. has filed a trademark in the UK for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which not only covers an impressive list of possible merchandising options, but more importantly, movies.
Here’s a screenshot of the trademark application, courtesy of BrianConroy.com:
Particularly interesting about this development is series author J.K. Rowling’s assurances that a film version of Cursed Child was not being developed, as she recently told a fan on Twitter:
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 29, 2016
It’s possible that at the time, Rowling had not agreed to develop Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the big screen, as she was focused on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But with the first film in that trilogy hitting theaters this year, and a second screenplay already finished, perhaps the author has given more thought to the idea of reuniting with the cinematic versions of her beloved characters.
Then again, this could just be a case of Warner Bros. covering their bases, so that if a time comes when a film adaptation of Cursed Child is more feasible, they’ll already have the legalities sorted out. But the timing does seem very curious, especially with the studio plotting a major presentation at Comic-Con next week, which is scheduled to feature cast members from Fantastic Beasts.
Could Warner Bros. be planning to springboard that portion of their panel into a surprise announcement? You can be sure we’ll let you know, right here at GeekNation.com.
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