According to a recent report from Bloomberg.com, Warner Brothers is in the final stages of talks with HBO to completely reboot the beloved Harry Potter franchise. The series is said to take place over 7 seasons, with each season covering a different book in J.K. Rowling’s original series. This reboot is reportedly being developed exclusively for HBO Max, the company’s streaming platform, and not for traditional HBO television.
Fans of the Harry Potter books have long been vocal about their disappointment with the film adaptations, which left out many of the intricate plot points and details found in the novels. Despite these criticisms, the films still managed to gross over $7.7 billion worldwide, capitalizing on the young adult craze of the early 2000s.
It remains unclear who will be tasked with overseeing this massive project, but sources indicate that this is the third major franchise that Warner Brothers CEO David Zaslav has helped reignite, following DC Studios and Lord of the Rings. Interestingly, J.K. Rowling will also reportedly be involved in the reboot, serving as a creative consultant on the series. However, she will not be taking on a role as the head writer, as she did for the Fantastic Beasts spin-off films.
While it’s still too early to know what this new series will look like or how closely it will hew to the source material, fans of the Wizarding World will no doubt be eagerly anticipating its arrival on HBO Max.