With the Fantastic Beasts franchise proving to be a commercial disappointment, and the original Harry Potter cast seemingly unwilling to return for an adaptation of The Cursed Child, the franchise's future is very much in doubt. Warner Bros. executives have claimed something is in the works, but could that be a full-blown reboot?
According to a new rumour, shared by our friends at Screen Geek, there are indeed plans for the Harry Potter franchise to be rebooted for the big screen.
It sounds like the idea being discussed would involve recasting the core characters and putting a fresh spin on J.K. Rowling's seven books. Whatever this project may or may not be, it's reportedly in the very early stages of development, so who knows what it will end up looking like.
It's been over a decade since the final Harry Potter movie was released, so now wouldn't be the worst time to start over and tell those stories to a new, younger audience. However, when the movies remain so beloved - and so faithfully adapted the books - what more is there to do?
This reboot sounds like it's a good 3-5 years away from happening, and it's even insinuated that the books might be adapted in a very different way (they could be animated or told from the point of view of another character, for example).
While the DC brand is set to receive an overhaul courtesy of the James Gunn and Peter Safran-led DC Studios, it's hardly a surprise that Warner Bros. is looking for a way to make its biggest franchise profitable again by revisiting Harry Potter in this way. Fantastic Beasts proved it's not easy to expand the Wizarding World, so why not go back to what works best?
We'll see what happens with this one, but it's probably best to take these claims with a pinch of salt for now. A TV series adaptation of the Harry Potter books would be a great way to revive the franchise, but with Warner Bros. prioritising theatrical releases over streaming, we're not banking on that.
What do you guys think?