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Author J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally popular Harry Potter books spawned an eight-movie series which grossed over $7.7 billion at the global box office. The movies were a studio’s dream: a huge fan base, well-received (for the most part) by critics, and part of a vast fictional universe ripe for various merchandise licensing and franchising.
We know that Warner Bros. has trademarked elements of Rowling’s spin-off books set in the same world for use in future properties (movies, video games or even TV series), including “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” and “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”; not to mention, marketing a coffee drink from Starbuck’s based on the wizarding world’s “butter beer,” as well ...
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- Anthony Vieira
London, Dec. 21: Jk Rowling has declared that she will be co-producing a new stage play based on the early years of Harry Potter.
The UK novelist, who will be producing the stage show with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, said that she had "received countless approaches" over the years about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, the BBC reported.
But Friedman and Callender's vision, which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy she thought appropriate for bringing Potter's story to the stage, was the only one that really made sense to her, Rowling said.
According to the producers, the play that will move into development in 2014 and staged in the UK, will explore the previously untold. »
- Smith Cox
London, Dec 21: After selling over 400 million copies of the seven-part book series "Harry Potter" worldwide and inspiring eight film adaptations of the popular novels, author J.K. Rowling is reportedly set to co-produce a stage show of the series in London's West End.
The writer, along with prominent theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, are collaborating on a production which will tell the "previously untold story of Harry Potter's early years as an orphan and outcast", reports contactmusic.com.
Rowling praises the duo for the unique new take on Potter.
"(Friedman and Callender's) pitch was the. »
- Meeta Kabra
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- Maggie Pehanick
Seems like J.K. Rowling is intent on getting as much mileage out of Harry Potter as possible. We already know that the author is working with Warner Bros. to develop a series of spin-off movies set in the wizarding world, and now it's been announced that the bestselling author is also working on a prequel play that will explore Harry's life before his time at Hogwarts. Here's the official synopsis for the play, which will see Rowling working with an as-yet-unrevealed writer:
"What was it like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs? This brand new play, which will be developed for the U.K. theatre, will explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favorite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. »
- Gary Collinson
The Boy Who Lived lives on!
Though the seven-part "Harry Potter" series is over, J.K. Rowling isn't done telling stories within that universe. Her supplemental book, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," is getting made into a movie. And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Rowling is developing a prequel for the stage.
She won't write the play, but co-produce the theatrical production with Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.
The play will focus on Harry's life before his time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, when he was a young child living with the Dursleys at No. 4 Privet Drive. Here's the synopsis:
What was it like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs? This brand new play, which will be developed for the U.K. theatre, will explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our »
- Kelly Woo
It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since author J.K. Rowling concluded the last of the main entries in the Harry Potter series, and two years since the film franchise finally came to a conclusion. Time sure does fly as you get older – but if you’ve been yearning for more adventures featuring the boy wizard, there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon. EW has learned that Rowling is currently set to lend her aid to an upcoming Harry Potter prequel that will be produced for the stage. The author will not be writing the actual script for the new story, but she will be assisting the writer with its creation – when one is finally hired. While this isn’t the sequel many fans have clamored for, the idea of a prequel is filled with some...
- Mike Bracken
Author J.K. Rowling is expected to co-produce a stage play about her boy wizard Harry Potter early years.
The Daily Mail reports that producers Sonia Friedman ("The Book of Mormon") and Colin Callender ("The White Queen," "Dracula") are developing the project which aims to premiere on London's West End within two years. A specific theater has not yet been chosen.
The story will take place before he discovered his magical side and enrolled at Hogwarts. Rowling will Not write the play, but will collaborate with the still unannounced playwright. Warner Bros. Pictures is said to be involved as well.
Rowling has been approached several times about a stage adaptation of Potter, but it was Friedman and Callender's vision that "was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage. After a year in gestation, »
- Garth Franklin
J.K. Rowling is producing a “Harry Potter” stage play, the author announced Friday on her Facebook page. Rowling said the prequel to the seven-part book series, which have already been turned into eight Warner Bros. movies, will “explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast.” Also read: J.K. Rowling on Why She Decided to Return to Wizarding World of Harry Potter Veteran British theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender will co-producer with Rowling, who will not write, but collaborate with a writer. Neither the writer or director have been chosen yet, however, »
- Greg Gilman
There are plenty of things that are extremely satisfying about J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise, her bestselling seven-book series that spawned no less than eight of the most popular movies of all time, but there’s one thing that most fans of the series can generally agree on as being one of the most satisfying: that young Harry ends the series with his own, wonderful, loving, magical family. Let’s back up here a moment, in case you’re in need of a refresher (or, God forbid, you’re not familiar with Harry, which seems impossible at this point). When we first meet young Harry, he’s an orphan forced to live under the stairs at his aunt and uncle’s house. His aunt and uncle Dursley are not exactly nice people, to the point that they’re basically emotionally abusing him (and they’re certainly not magical), and his cousin Dudley is one hell of »
- Kate Erbland
If we were ever led to believe that our Harry Potter experience would end after the final page in the books or final frame in the films, recent history has proven otherwise. The years since J.K. Rowling’s devastating last pen stroke (or what I believed was her last) have since borne a decadence of extensions of the Potter realm, including three theme parks, a film spin-off, an encyclopedia, a pop-up museum tour, copious video games (several of the Lego variety), novel re-releases, and a sort of online interactive e-book kind of thing (does anybody really know what Pottermore is these days? »
- Marc Snetiker
Harry Potter has traveled from page to screen—and now to stage. Jk Rowling said today she is working on a play about the boy wizard's life before he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Rowling's seven-book saga begins when Harry, an unloved orphan grudgingly raised by his aunt and uncle, receives a letter informing him he is a wizard. Rowling said in a statement that the play will "explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast." Rowling will be a co-producer on the show, along with veteran British theater producers Sonia Friedman »
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- Alyse Whitney
The Harry Potter franchise continues to grow, as a new stage production is headed for London's West End. Author J.K. Rowling announced that she is co-producing a play to premiere in the U.K., narrating the story of a young Boy Who Lived before meeting Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore and his fellow magical comrades at Hogwarts. Photos: Harry Potter at the Box Office The synopsis reads: "What was it like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs? This brand new play, which will be developed for the U.K. theater, will explore the
- Ashley Lee
Christmas came early for Harry Potter fans! J.K. Rowling cast a spell on readers years ago, and now she's hoping to do the same with theatergoers. The author is developing a play about the titular character's life before he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, she announced on Friday, Dec. 20. In a statement, Rowling said the stage show will "explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast." Rowling will co-produce the play, along with veteran British theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. Rowling will also collaborate with a writer but will not write the script herself. As of press time, the script writer and director »
Harry Potter has traveled from page to screen - and now to stage. J.K. Rowling said Friday she is working on a play about the boy wizard's life before he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Rowling's seven-book saga begins when Harry, an unloved orphan grudgingly raised by his aunt and uncle, receives a letter informing him he is a wizard. Rowling said in a statement that the play will "explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast. " Rowling will be a co-producer on the show, along with veteran British theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. »
- Associated Press
Hearing the phrase "Harry Potter prequel," I automatically assume it.s either a story about Harry Potter.s parents and the Marauders, or it goes further back and tells the story of Dumbledore during any of that man.s fascinating past. Alas, neither is the case for the play J.K. Rowling is working on, however that.s not such a bad thing as this prequel stage project she has in the works is more directly tied to Harry Potter. EW says Rowling is working on a play that will tell the story of boy wizard Harry Potter during his younger years, before Hagrid showed up and told him he was a wizards. According to the statement Rowling made, the play will "explore the previously untold story of Harry.s early years as an orphan and an outcast." She.s co-producing the show alongside Sonia Friedman and Colin Callendar. Rowling. »
Christmas has come early for those fans of Harry Potter! J.K. Rowling has announced that she will be bringing the wizardry of her book-turned-movies to the stage!
Within the next two years, the play is set to open in London's West End, The Daily Mail reports. According to the U.K. news agency, Rowling will act as a co-producer alongside theater vets Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.
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But the play will tell a story yet to be told. The stage production is said to be focusing on "Harry Potter's early years as an orphan and outcast," and will "offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom destiny has plans."
This isn't the first time Rowling has been asked to turn her beloved stories into plays, but she says Friedman and Callender's approach was "the only one that »
Harry Potter is coming to the stage.J.K. Rowling says she is working on a play about the boy wizard’s life before he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.Rowling said in a statement Friday that the play will “explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast. “Rowling will be a co-producer on the show, along with veteran theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. The statement said Rowling will collaborate with a writer but will not write the script herself.Writer and director have yet to be chosen. No opening »
- Associated Press
A stage play based on Jk Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter books will enter development in the New Year.
Following reports earlier on Friday (December 20) that the show is set to open in the West End within two years, Rowling confirmed the news via her Facebook page.
Rowling - who penned seven novels in the magical series between 1997 and 2007 - will co-produce the new project in collaboration with esteemed theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.
She will collaborate with a playwright, but does not intend to pen the script herself.
"Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia and Colin's vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry's story to the stage," Rowling wrote.
"After a year in gestation it is exciting »
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