Rowling fans, hold on to your broomsticks. Details have emerged earlier this morning that the critically acclaimed “Harry Potter” author will be writing her very first screenplay.
Yeah, I know.
According to an announcement by Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, Rowling will writing the first in a planned film series which takes place 70 years prior to the events in “Harry Potter”. The script will be called Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, and is based on the J.K. Rowling novel of the same name featuring a fictional author named Newt Scamander and his many adventures in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seven years,” Rowling said, “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”
This isn’t Rowling’s first great partnership with Warner Bros. Her first adult novel “The Casual Vacancy” is being adapted as a BBC television series, with Warner Bros. distributing the project with production slated to begin in 2014.
“We are incredibly honored that [J.K. Rowling] has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses,” Tsujihara said. “We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.
Excited? Skeptical? “The Casual Vacancy” was met with some mixed reactions when it was released, but there’s no denying the success of the book and movie series of “Harry Potter”, with the last entry grossing over 1 billion dollars in profits.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter, FirstShowing.net