New Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie rumors started flying on the internet today faster than interdepartmental memos zipping around the Ministry of Magic.
It all started with a tweet from entertainer and director Jeremy Wein, who seemed to have some inside information:
Mugglenet was quick to point out the recent logo changes at participating theaters, and soon after confirmed that WB had begun it send cease and desist for butterbeer served at the NYC production and that all employees working at the stage productions are now officially considered WB/AT&T employees.
This is all related to the stage production, so where are these movie rumors coming in?
Well, people heard WB was optioning rights and assumed it would include movie rights. In fact, We Got This Covered reported that not only would a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie be happening, but that the original cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson would be returning. While some of the actors, including Rupert and Tom Felton, have said they’d be up for the return if Cursed Child should ever become a movie, it would definitely be odd to have had them play 17-year-olds in 2010 and return to play the same characters in their mid-to-late 30s less than 10 years later. Movie magic could make it happen, but so far all there seems to be are WGTC’s sources to go off.
Meanwhile, Mugglenet received a statement from representatives of the Cursed Child NYC production that directly contradict WGTC’s report.
Cursed Child continues to be produced by Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions in London, Broadway and all around the world, and there are no plans whatsoever for a movie. WB has always been a valued partner of Cursed Child since it’s inception. Their role has not changed.
The production also said that there are “exciting details to come” that will explain the in-theater changes.
So no, it looks like a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie isn’t hitting theaters anytime soon, but we certainly wouldn’t rule it out in the future. In the meantime, we don’t suggest reading the script book for this one– Having been lucky enough to see it myself, I can confirm that it plays out much better on stage!