A Harry Potter live-action TV series is reportedly in early development and it’s looking like JK Rowling could be adding millions to her fortune if it goes ahead – despite being ‘cancelled’.
It’s understood that HBO Max has had multiple conversations with writers, who are exploring ideas that would bring the movie franchise to television.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that TV executives at the studio and Warner Bros are in meetings to find a ‘writer and a pitch’ for the show, but no writers have been confirmed as conversations are still ‘in the early stages and no deals have been made’.
‘There are no Harry Potter series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform,’ HBO Max and Warner Bros. said in a statement issued to the publication.
According to PR director and founder at NRPR, Natalie Rita, Harry Potter author Rowling could earn some serious dough as a result of the project.
‘Harry Potter was one of the biggest franchises of the past 20 years and the movies made absolutely millions so its no wonder that they’re looking to do a TV series,’ Natalie told Metro.co.uk.
‘From the movies alone Rowling was estimated to have made £475million as the films made more than £5.1billion at the global box office between 2001 and 2011.’
Natalie continued: ‘The Harry Potter hype has only increased over the years with the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play and the Fantastic Beasts movies, so the TV series is bound to be a hit not only for fans, but for Rowling too with her reportedly selling the rights for TV production for around £18million back in 2016.
‘This means she could essentially add upwards of £100million to her current £795million net worth.’
Rowling came under fire last year for her comments about trans women.
The Harry Potter author faced accusations of transphobia in the past, after stating that transgender people ‘erased the concept of sex’ – and was also seen liking a tweet which opposed a ban on conversion therapy.
She insisted she’s not transphobic and later defended her views and penned a lengthy essay explaining why she spoke out.
A number of Harry Potter stars, including Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, Evanna Lynch and Rupert Grint shared messages of love to the trans community following Rowling’s comments.