Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslau is excited to leverage the company’s franchises — and that includes the possibility of doing more. Harry Potter Movies, if only author JK Rowling could work something out.
“We’re going to focus on franchisees,” Zaslav said on Thursday’s investor call. “We haven’t had a Superman movie in 13 years. We haven’t done Harry Potter in 15 years. DC movies and Harry Potter movies have provided the most profits for Warner Bros. in the last 25 years.
The executive noted that the studio still holds the theatrical rights Lord of the RingsAnd went back to more imagination Harry PotterNoting that he wants to see more: “If we can do something with JK Harry Potter Moving forward.”
It is significant that Zaslav is dangling a higher possibility Potter In an investor meeting, location means more than just wishful thinking.
Warner Bros. released eight Harry Potter The films grossed $7.7 billion globally from 2001-2011. It was partnered with Rowling Fantastic Beasts franchise, which is a case of diminishing returns at the box office. The most recent episode, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, opened in April and grossed $405.1 million globally. It is unclear whether the studio will proceed with the two planned films to complete its five-film arc.
In later years Potter, Rowling has been a controversial figure and accused of transphobia. Star Daniel Radcliffe was among those who responded with support for the trans community in light of Rowling’s tweets and comments.
Zaslav’s offer to Rowling comes after what fans interpreted as signs of tension between Warner and the author, which both sides have denied. He wasn’t part of the recent HBO reunion special (he was later invited but declined). Earlier, her name was completely left out from the first trailer Dumbledore’s Secrets. The studio issued a statement dismissing reports of discord: “For 20 years, Warner Bros., JK Rowling and their team have worked together to delight fans around the world with brilliant storytelling and the magic of the Wizarding World.”
Rowling worked on the play Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildIt started in 2016. Chris Columbus, the filmmaker behind the first film potter, Expressed interest in directing the adaptation.