- Warner Bros. comes one step closer to selecting the perfect showrunner for the Harry Potter series, with Francesca Gardiner among the final three contenders.
- The showrunner will have a daunting ten-year challenge of making the perfect series that lives up to the benchmark set by the films while differentiating itself from them.
Warner Bros’ massive plan for a Harry Potter reboot is one step closer to fruition after a recent developmental update. The project was first revealed in April last year, and since then, Warner Bros. has entertained different ideas from potential showrunners who want to lead this magical venture.
Per Deadline, the incessant search for the perfect Harry Potter showrunner is inching closer to fruition, and the shortlist is reportedly down to the last three names.
According to the report, Francesca Gardiner (Succession) is included in the list of the final three contenders to get that coveted post. Other juggernauts who have been linked to the Harry Potter series include Martha Hillier (The Last Kingdom), Tom Moran (The Devil’s Hour), Kathleen Jordan (Teenage Bounty Hunters), and Michael Lesslie (The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes).
However, we aren’t sure which of these writers (if any) make up the other two of the final three.
The Harry Potter franchise is the most successful and profitable IP in Warner Bros’ history. Although the Fantastic Beasts prequel movies failed to capture the charm of the canon films, Warner Bros surely realizes that the widespread appeal and cult following of the wizarding world is perennial.
Therefore, it is understandable why the production house is looking to remake the series despite the original movies only ending in 2011.
Whoever gets the job will have a huge role in making the most of the studio’s massive investment in time and money.
The show will be a ten-year epic covering all seven of Rowling’s record-breaking books. The time and resources spent making the Harry Potter series will surely dwarf the ones put into other shows of the same genre, like Game of Thrones.
Finally, the writer will have to prove that the show is a worthy successor to the original films, as the series will automatically be compared to the canon movies.
The writer must strike the perfect balance and differentiate the series from the movies while maintaining continuity in spirit. Failing to strike the ideal balance might just be their ultimate boggart. Riddikulus!
About Harry Potter
Harry Potter is a film series based on the eponymous novel series by J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films, beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
The film series follows Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and his journey to take down the evil wizard Lord Voldemort and save Hogwarts, the Wizarding School he attended, with his best friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.
The series was mainly produced by David Heyman, and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson as the three leading characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger.